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Côtes du Marmandais


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Côtes du Marmandais is an appellation that is very similar to Côtes du Duras; both are located right on the Bordeaux border but are fairly obscure. Côtes du Marmandais differentiates itself by allowing non-Bordeaux grapes Gamay and Syrah to be included in the blends. Reds are much more common than whites, but white wine production is increasing in the area. All in all, this is a developing region and could become more well-known over the next several years.

History

Unlike Côtes du Duras, Côtes du Marmandais was never a famous region. Only in 1990 was Côtes du Marmandais elevated to AOC, and since then its wines have been improving in quality.

Climate and Viticulture

The climate of this appellation is not notably different from that of Bordeaux. Some of the best vineyards are located on the gravel banks of the Garonne river. Inferior ones are often situated on clay and gravel in the interior part of the appellation.

Grape Varieties

The usual four Bordeaux red grapes are allowed here: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Malbec. However, the legality of the Beaujolais grape Gamay and Rhône mainstay Syrah differentiate Côtes du Marmandais blends. The typical white grapes of Bordeaux, Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle, are used here, though a few local grapes are also allowed.

Major Producers

Generally, Côtes du Marmandais wines are good, and for the right price it's difficult to go wrong. However, one wine producer has become especially notable in the last few years.

Subregions

There are no terroirs or subregions here.