An interesting commune that runs on a narrow strip of land directly south of the city of Bordeaux. This ridge consists primarily of limestone covered by clay and gravel, and offers a style of wine that varies greatly from the large amounts of white wine produced in nearby Entre-Deux-Mers. The limestone, clay and gravel, along with the low ph levels, lead to wines that vary from fresh and fruity to sturdy and long-lived, and Premières Côtes de Bordeaux can represent a great alternative to other more expensive wines found nearby. This region may not command the high prices and fame that the communes of Haut-Médoc, but Premières Côtes de Bordeaux has been a famous region for Bordeaux wines for at least 1,000 years.
This region is known primarily for red wines produced from high percentages of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, along with lesser amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. There is also a large amount of off-dry to sweet white wines from the region that are made from Sauvignon Blanc and Sèmillon, many of which fall under the Cadillac appellation. White wines produced here must be sold as AC Bordeaux blanc.
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