Côtes de Duras
Between the better-known vineyards of Bordeaux and Bergerac, around 100km inland from the Atlantic coast, the Duras area has endured many centuries of war and conflict in the past. More recently, the vignerons of the Côtes de Duras appellation have struggled to make their wines known beside those of their more popular neighbours. The best have recently joined together under the pseudonym “Les Rebelles d’Aquitaine” to promote the name of their delicious and characterful red, white, rosé and dessert wines – an apt name for a group of off-beat activists who like doing things their way.
This region has always been regarded as ‘the hinterland of Bordeaux’: the soil is very similar to St Emilion or the Entre-Deux-Mers area yet, being that much further from the ocean, the climate is drier and warmer with a greater distinction between daytime and night-time temperatures and this is a distinct advantage for the Duras folk, especially for the production of their strikingly aromatic dry white wines.
A delightfully picturesque tapestry of rolling wooded hillsides and varied agriculture has proven an irresistible draw to holidaymakers for decades, and now with the revived energy of the area’s winemakers we are going to be hearing much more from this quiet corner of the world.
Our Côtes de Duras Selection
Côtes de Duras Blanc
|Le Blanc, Clos des Figuiers, Côtes de Duras blanc, 2012|
|Le Blanc, Clos des Figuiers, Côtes de Duras blanc, 2014|
|Le Blanc, Clos des Figuiers, Côtes de Duras blanc, 2015|
Côtes de Duras Rouge
|Le Rouge, Clos des Figuiers, Côtes de Duras rouge, 2013|
|Le Rouge, Clos des Figuiers, Côtes de Duras rouge, 2014|