Côtes de Bourg
This is the oldest of the Bordeaux Côtes appellations. It was established in 1920 and allows for reds and dry whites over a spread of 1,650 ha of limestone plateau and slopes on the Right Bank of the Garonne 35km north of the city. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec are permitted for the reds and Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Colombard for the whites. The hills and valleys that are the area’s predominant topographical feature give it its nickname “Little Switzerland”, but you have to use your imagination!
400 producers offer a range of wines that have found favour through diverse channels, with much going to French supermarkets and restaurants but still a good deal reaching export markets and some, the best, making it onto the en primeur offers of Bordeaux’ big négociant houses. The leading light of the appellation, the man who has shown the way since he bought the 10-hectare Château Roc de Cambes in the 1980’s, is François Mitjaville of St Emilion super-estate Tertre Rôtebœuf.
The potential for great things is undoubtedly there, and long-time Bordeaux lovers like the British and the Belgians already know this.
Our Côtes de Bourg Selection