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Côtes de Bordeaux

Umbrella appellation created in April 2009 in the Bordeaux region for four appellations on the Rive droite (right bank), all of which now bear the designation "Côtes de Bordeaux" as an addition. Bernard Depons, the owner of Château Blanzac, is considered the father of this new appellation. He has pushed through this new appellation at the INAO against numerous oppositions. The Appellation Côtes de Bourg, which remains with its old designation, did not participate in this. Even before that, there was a loose connection between the Côtes areas, but they did not achieve the significance or image of, for example, Médoc or Saint-Émilion. A new logo was created with three stylised hills in connection with the lettering "Côtes de Bordeaux", above which the name of the area is written in the same typography. The production rules for the wines have remained the same:

The total area is 13,400 hectares, which are cultivated by over 1,500 winegrowers. The vineyards, some of which are very hilly, have one thing in common: the soil and the south-southwest orientation. It is largely a red wine region. Merlot occupies about 70% of the area, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec(Cot). The white wines are made from 80% Sauvignon Blanc, as well as Sémillon and Muscadelle. Another common feature is the structure of the predominantly family-run wineries with an average of ten hectares of vineyards. The wines are mainly vinified traditionally. Under the new umbrella brand, new markets, especially abroad, are to be opened up through joint advertising activities.

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