Francs cotes de Bordeaux
Appellation Francs Cotes de Bordeaux is reserved for red and dry white/sweet wine located east ( Purple ) within the Bordeaux wine area as seen in our Bordeaux wine glass.
The appellation name Cotes de Bordeaux may be supplemented by the following complementary geographical denominations. Blaye, Cadillac, Castillon and Francs.
All of the wines must meet set conditions of the A.O.C production and regulations.
To comply to regulations the vines have a minimum planting density of 4,500 vines per hectare for the appellation of origin Francs cotes de Bordeaux.
Red wines are made from the following grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, Carmenere and Petit Verdot.
White wines are made from the following grape varieties: cabernet Blanc, sauvignon gris, Semillon, Muscadelle, Colombard and Ugni Blanc.
The white sweet wines known as liquoreux come from overripe grapes that takes form by noble rot and or passerillage. This is the French term for the process of drying grapes so their flavours and sugar become concentrated by manual successive tries. These sweet wines liquoreux Francs cotes de Bordeaux are subject to a minimum ageing until the 15th March of the year following the year of the harvest. At the end of this rearing period as from the 31st March of the year following the harvest wines are made available to be marketed to the consumer.
The red wines Francs cotes de Bordeaux are also subject to a minimum rearing until the 15th March of the year following that of the harvest and then made available from the 31st March to be marketed to the consumer.
The grape harvest, wine making and development also ageing of the wines are guaranteed in the territory of the following municipalities in the Gironde department:
Francs, St. Cibard and Tayac.