La BORDEAUXTHÈQUE

Other appellations

Apart from the prestigious appellations where you can find the Classified Growths and other prestigious châteaux, Bordeaux has some lesser known appellations where wine lovers can find excellent value.

The AOC Côtes de Bordeaux covers four production areas on the right bank: Blaye and Cadillac (the first along the Gironde in the north, the second along the Garonne in the south), Castillon and Côtes de Francs (along the Dordogne near Libourne). From north to south this AOC covers 10,300 hectares of gravel hillocks with clay and limestone summits overlooking either the Garonne river or the Libourne countryside. The grape variety which predominate is the Cabernet Sauvignon, followed by Cabernet-Franc and Merlot. Fruity and spicy, they are also remarkably round and can age at least ten years.

In addition to these Côtes terroirs you can find two other appellations on the right bank of the Gironde: Côtes de Bourg AOC (3,920 hectares) with very supple Merlot-based red wines; Sainte-Foy Bordeaux AOC (372 hectares) mostly planted with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, so wines here are more tannic.

Many red wines from the Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur appellations are produced all over the Bordeaux region on both the left and right banks. Wines are entitled to the second appellation only if they come from old vines and are aged longer. These two appellations cover nearly 50,000 hectares of vines, planted mostly with Cabernet Sauvignon, with Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur are fruity and supple red wines to be drunk young, but Bordeaux Supérieur wines can age for 10 years.

As to Fronsac AOC (830 hectares) and Canon-Fronsac AOC (300 hectares), they are situated on the right bank of the Dordogne. They cover a part of Libourne countryside on hilly landscapes with a soil of limestone and alluvial and fluvial sediments. The first appellation is mostly planted with Merlot, the second has more Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. They give fleshy and full-bodied red wines.

Château Canon Pécresse

Canon Fronsac

Château Cru Godard

Francs - Côtes de Bordeaux

Château d'Aiguilhe

Castillon - Côtes de Bordeaux

Château de Birot

Premières Côtes de Bordeaux

Château Reynon

Cadillac - Côtes de Bordeaux

Château Robin

Castillon - Côtes de Bordeaux

Clos Les Lunelles

Castillon - Côtes de Bordeaux

Le Bordeaux de Maucaillou

Bordeaux Supérieur

Premier Vin du Château de Pitray

Castillon - Côtes de Bordeaux

Saint-Jacques de Siran

Bordeaux Supérieur

Château Mondésir-Gazin

Blaye - Côtes de Bordeaux

Château Mondésir

Blaye - Côtes de Bordeaux

Haut-Mondésir

Côtes de Bourg

Château de Rabouchet, Absolu

Bordeaux Supérieur

Château de Clotte

Castillon - Côtes de Bordeaux

Château Beauguérit

Côtes de Bourg

Château Canon Fronsac

Canon Fronsac

B de Biac
2nd label
Cadillac - Côtes de Bordeaux

Château Biac

Cadillac - Côtes de Bordeaux

If des Jonqueyres
2nd label
Blaye - Côtes de Bordeaux