That's why, wishing to make this estate one of the best, if not the best, of the Cores-de-Castillon", its owner has endowed it with modern and functional equipment worthy of the most prestigious estates. The resulting wine is not only seductive and fruity, but a fine wine which benefits from aging (in oak casks' and bottles), and has a strong personality.
Côtes de Bordeaux Saint-Macaire Wine
A part of Bordeaux in medieval times, Saint-Macaire owes its name to a bishop who preached here during the sixth century. It is a very interesting and curious town which has much to offer the visitor.
The Côtes de Bordeaux-Saint Macaire region begins at the eastern tip of the Premieres Côtes de Bordeaux.
Only the white wines are entitled to the AOC Côtes de Bordeaux Saint-Macaire. Their reputation goes back a long way, thanks to the nature of the soil and the care that goes into their making. They are generally refined and fairly rich, bur supple-often sweet and sometimes syrupy, depending on the cru.
Château Fayard and Château Malrorne are worth seeking out for their quality.
Growers devote a large part of their vineyards to red wine; these vines generally produce wines with the AOC Bordeaux or Bordeaux Superieur appellation.
Côtes de Bourg, Bourg, Bourgeais (A.O.C.) Bordeaux Wines
Bourg-sur-Gironde, for which this AOC is named, is located on the right bank of the Dordogne. In 1379, during English rule, Bordeaux formed a close alliance with eight neighboring towns which were walled or
fortified. This is how Bourg-sur-Gironde became a part of Bordeaux. During the Fronde, a seventeenth-century uprising against Cardinal Mazarin, the ruling monarch Queen Anne of Austria stayed here for a time with Louis XIV (then aged twelve), Cardinal Mazarin and their court. During this time, Anne of Austria and her ladies embroidered cloths for the altar; these are now on display at the town hall.
Because of its proximity to the river, Bourg has always been a center for trade. According to certain authors, vines might have been planted in the region from the time of the Roman conquest, around the first century B.C. Under English rule, despite the tensions between the two kingdoms, the vineyards multiplied, and full shiploads of wine left Bourg for England. From the fifteenth to the eighteenth century, this wine-growing region continued to expand.
The Bourgeais region consists of a series of hills, some of them steep, often ending in sharp cliffs on the banks of rivers.
Clay-limestone or clay gravel soils cover a limestone subsoil which is often very hard. Red Côtes de Bourg AOC wines are richly colored: dark red, intense, and vivid. Strong but still supple, they have a fresh quality and a distinctive bouquet due to the soils in which the vines are grown.
Because of their structure, these wines can be appreciated young for their fruit. White Côtes de Bourg are dry, fresh, and fruity.
The Châteaux Nodoz, Croure Coupon, de Barbe, and Caruel also deserve a special mention. Referring to the same wine, the names Bourg and Bourgeais are no longer used because wine-growers prefer the Côtes de Bourg appellation.