This recent appellation is rising. Cotes de Castillon gives an excellent price/quality ratio as new wine makers are settling down to make among the most interesting wines in the Bordeaux region today.
All wines from Cotes de Castillon may also carry the regional appellations of "Bordeaux" or "Bordeaux superieur".
Close to Saint Emilion and Cotes de Castillon, Cotes de Francs is one of the highest vineyard in Bordeaux.
Cotes de Francs takes advantage of the lowest rain in the area and a soil rich in clay and limestone. Cotes de Francs is a full-flavored red wine.
Cotes de Bourg is located on the right bank of the Dordogne river at the point where it meets the Gironde river in the Bordeaux region.
South of Blaye, the small appellation around the village of Bourg produces a better medium-body red wine than its neighbor. The wine from Cotes de Bourg is quite tannic with strong aromas of red fruits.
Overlooking the Garonne river, Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux starts South of Bordeaux city to Cadillac. Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux is a long and narrow stretch of vineyards, more than 50 kilometers (30 miles) long and 5 kilometers (3 miles) wide. It means that the soils, the grapes grown, the wines made are quite diverse.
Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux is more and more a red wine appellation although all kind of wines are produced there. The best dry white wine are sold under the Bordeaux AOC label. The best sweet wine under the Cadillac appellation.
The red wines of Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux are colorful and strong. Some of them are excellent.
Red wines are made from typical Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc grapes but also from Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carmenere, a local grape from Bordeaux similar to Merlot.