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The Union des Côtes de Bordeaux (UCB) brings together 4 appellations of Côtes de Bordeaux vineyards, namely ‘Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux’, ‘Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux’, ‘Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux’ and ‘Francs Côtes de Bordeaux’ which includes around 1,000 producers covering an area of 11,000 hectares. When it was created in 2007, the UCB decided to develop a collective recognition label with the Côtes de Bordeaux A.O.C, covering the ‘Blaye, Cadillac, Castillon and Francs’ terroirs.
The Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux appellation covers a vast area of 5,500 hectares and is located 45 km north of Bordeaux on the Gironde Estuary. It is the largest of the Union des Côtes de Bordeaux. This location offers visitors an assortment of landscapes alternating between plains and hillsides. On clay-limestone soils, some 430 winegrowers produce 250,000 hl each year, 95% of which are red wines (predominantly Merlot) and 5% white wines (predominantly Sauvignon).
Located on the slopes overlooking the right bank of the Garonne, the Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux appellation can boast of a thousand year history in wine producing which was formed thanks to the adventurous spirit of the region’s inhabitants. Stretching from the commune of Bassens to the gates of Bordeaux and Saint Maixant, the Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux runs for approximately sixty kilometres along the right bank of the Garonne. Meandering along the river, the strip of land which never exceeds 5 km in width has a varied landscape of hills interspersed with valleys.
Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux wines are produced from the noble Bordeaux varieties of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. These grape varieties develop an explosion of aromas including red berry fruits and spices. Served in their youth, they make an excellent accompaniment to white meats, roasts and sauces while more robust and rich coloured wines are ideally paired with red meats, Bordeaux lamprey and cheeses. These are wines to enjoy with friends and families. Come along and meet this passionate team of winegrowers.
Located about 40 km from Bordeaux and neighbouring Saint Emilion, Côtes de Bordeaux Castillon appellation offers a wide selection of red wines with varied characters and flavours. Valleys and hills follow one after the other, providing a beautiful scenic backdrop to these rich terroirs (sandy-gravel, clay-loam and clay-limestone soils), covering an area of 2,500 hectares spread over 9 municipalities. The appellation has 245 winegrowers and produces 120,000 hl on average per year.
The smallest appellations of the Union des Côtes de Bordeaux and adjacent to Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux and the department of the Dordogne, the Francs Côtes de Bordeaux appellation covers an area of 500 hectares, spread over 3 municipalities: Francs, Saint Cibard and Tayac. Forty winegrowers produce 25,000hl of red wines each year on clay-limestone soils. It’s worth noting that white wine and sweet wines are also produced.
This vineyard is located on the slopes of the right bank of the Garonne, 50 km south of Bordeaux. Just 65 hectares of the best plots are entirely dedicated to production for the Côtes-de-Bordeaux-Saint-Macaire appellation. The climate throughout the Bordeaux estate is gently oceanic with hot summers and mild winters. Its hillsides are covered with grapevines. The base of the valleys is covered in woodland. Fruit and cereal crops spread across the lustrous soils of the plains featuring alluvial rocks recently deposited by the Garonne.
The Côtes de Bordeaux Saint-Macaire A.O.C is one of the only in Gironde to make 3 white varieties of dry, semi-sweet and sweet wines. This range offers excellent fruity, sweet wines, perfect to serve chilled as an aperitif.