Premières Côtes de Bordeaux

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Premières Côtes de Bordeaux, aoc created in 2011 specifically for sweet wine made in the narrow strip extending for 60 km/40 miles along the south-western edge of the entre-Deux-Mers appellation on the right bank of the garonne from Langon almost as far as the city of Bordeaux. It used to apply to the red wines produced in this strip too but from 2011 the reds have been known as cadillac côtes de bordeaux. In 2013 just 123 ha/304 acres of vineyard were devoted to the production of these blends of Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris, and Muscadelle that lack the intensity of great sauternes. Dry whites are sold as AOC Bordeaux.