The appellation Francs-Côtes de Bordeaux was renamed in 2009, and was previously known as Bordeaux Côtes de Frances. Due to its inland location at the east of Bordeaux’s viticultural area, its winters are cold and its summers quite hot. It lacks the moderating influence of the Atlantic from which other parts of Bordeaux benefit.
The AOC produces red, white and dessert wines. The main grape varietals are merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc for the reds, and sémillon, muscadelle and sauvignon blanc for the whites. The red wines are full-bodied and tannic, with superb ageing potential. The whites are usually oaked, with a buttery influence.
2015 in Francs-Côtes de Bordeaux:
Spotlight on the 2015 vintage: 2015 in Bordeaux started with an unusually mild spring. May, June and July subsequently were warm and dry, allowing the vines to grow rapidly. An even and consistent véraison occurred in early August. Autumn saw cooler, damp weather, helping build aromatic complexity and power in the grapes before harvest. The highly-anticipated vintage promises to be one for the ages.
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