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Côtes de Blaye
Côtes de Blaye

Côtes de Blaye, Premières Côtes de Blaye

-Surface : 4700 ha.
-Only wines from the following cantons, canton de Blaye, canton de Saint-Ciers-sur-Gironde, canton de Saint-Savin-de-Blaye, canton de Bourg/commune de Pugnac.
-Only red and white wines
-Grape varieties red wines: Cabernet sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec
-Grape varieties white wines: Sémillon, Sauvignon blanc, Muscadelle,
-Max. 50 hl. per ha. for red wines
-Max. 60 hl. per ha. for white wines

Calcareous soils with clay and sand.
Limestone Gravel Sand

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The Blaye wine regions have a maritime climate, caused by the Atlantic. The warm Gulf Stream and the Gironde act as a heat-regulator and moderate the climate. This gives the region mild winters, warm summers, and long, sunny autumns. The climate of the Blaye wineregions are different from the Médoc because it is not protected from (north)westerly winds. Another difference is the higher rainfall. Much to the concern of the vignerons, harvest time and the rainy season arrive about the same time. If the rains come early all grapes will not be fully ripened. If the rains come during harvest, the grapes can lose concentration. The record keepers have observed that in any ten-year span there will be, from a climate point of view, three great years, three poor years, and four that are mediocre. Sometimes the normally mild region is rudely reminded of its northern latitude. In February 1956 a hard frost occurred with temperatures below -18º C (0F). There is also the lingering concern that the Saint de Glace may visit the budding vines in the first weeks of May. Like in 1991.
Long autumns Heat-reservoir Sunny