Wines, châteaux and description of Paulliac. Click on the château name to go to their website.

Paulliac

The Côtes de Bourg is on the right bank of the Garonne and Dordogne rivers, 35 km North of Bordeaux, and include 15 communes, all within the same administrative district. It is a quiet land of rolling hills and fantastic views, sometimes referred to as 'Little Switzerland'.

 

On a personal note, it was the first wine region of Bordeaux that I spent any considerable time in, and I developed a deep love of the area. I spent the plague lockdown of 2020 in Château La Grolet. 

It is said the Romans planted the first Vitis biturica vines here in the 2nd century AD, and Bourg harbor was used to ship the local wine during the Middle Ages.

 

There are about 400 producers in the region, about two thirds of which are independent traditional family growers holding an average of 10 ha. One third of these growers belong to one of the following cooperatives: The Cave du Bourgeais in Gauriac,  Alliance Bourg (Lansac, Pugnac, and Bourg-Tauriac), the Vignerons de Tutiac, Châteaux Solidaires.

 

The maximum authorised yield is 54 hl/ha and approximately 3,950 hectares are planted with red wine grape varieties producing 180,000 hl of wine a year, and 29 hectares with white wine grape varieties producing 1,200 hl of white wine a year. 85% of production is sold in France yet the export market is steadily increasing every year.

Red wine grape varieties include Merlot (65 %), Cabernet Sauvignon (20 %), Malbec (10 %), and Cabernet franc (5 %). White wine varieties include Sauvignon blanc (41 %), Colombard (23 %), Sémillon (23 %), Muscadelle (8 %),

and Sauvignon gris (5 %).

The Côtes de Bourg generally has about 10% more sunshine a year than the rest of Bordeaux and 10 to 25% less rain, with slightly less extreme temperature variability. The area has a limestone bedrock up to 20 metres thick which is covered by clay that becomes thinner as one goes eastward. River deposited red gravel from the Massif Central was deposited during the Pliocene Epoch.

 

There are three main soil types. The predominant one is sand and clay, the remains of a sublacustrian delta, on which Merlot and Cabernet do well. the second soil type is unique to the Côtes de Bourg and consists of soil on a Quaternary sil consisting of hydro-eolian silts deposited on rises during the Würm glaciation. They are sienna-red in colour and Merlot and Malbec do well in these soils, that allow for deep roots, although there is a lack of organic matter and low water retention. The third soil type is clay and limestone which comes from the rock Molasse du Fronsadais. Merlot is dominant in these soils, characterised by shallow roots and high water retention.

B

Château De Barbe 

 

Château De Barde 

 

Château Beaulieu   

 

Château Belair Coubet

 

Château Brulesécaille

 

Château Bujan

 

C

Château Castel La Rose

Château Caruel

Château Cavignac

Château Les Cèdres

Clos Alphonse Dubreuil

Clos De Cheval Blanc

 

Clos Du Piat

 

Château Le Clos Du Notaire

Château La Clotte Blanche

 

Cave Coopérative: Alliance Bourg

 

Château De Côts

Château La Croix Davids

Château La Croix Millorit

Château Croûte Charlus

 

D

Domaine De Lucas

E

Château Escalette

 

Château Eyquem

F

Château Falfas

 

Château Fougas

 

G

Château Genibon Blanchereau

Château Godineau

 

Château La Grande Etouble (Le Garagiste)

Read my blog on this château

Château Grand Jour

Château Grand Launay

Château Grand Maison

Château Grand Plantier

 

Château De La Grave

 

Château La Grolet

Château Gros Moulin

 

Château Guerry

Château Guionne

 

H

Château Haut Guiraud

 

Château Haut Macô

Château Haut De Mille Secousses

 

Château Haut Mondésir

Château Haut Mousseau

Château Haute Libarde

Château Les Heaumes

 

Château Hoclet

Château Les Hommes Cheval Blanc

 

Château L'Hospital

 

J

Château Joanna

L

Château Labadie

Château Lacouture

Château Lamblin

Château Lamothe

Château Landreau

Château Laroche

Château Laurensanne

Château Lidonne

 

M

Château Macay

 

Château Martinat

Château Marquisat

Château Mendoce

Château Mercier

Château Montaigut

 

Château De Monteberiot

Château Moulin Eyquem

N

Château Nodoz

Château Noriou Lalibarde

P

 

Château Le Petit Puy

 

Château Plaisance

Château Poyanne

Château Prieuré St Georges

Château Puybarbe

R

Château Relais De La Poste

 

Château De Rider

 

Château Roc De Cambes

Château Roc De Thau

Château De Rousselet

Château Rousselle

Grape Gripe tasting review

Château Rousset

S

Château Sauman

Château Sirac

 

T

Château De Taste

 

Château Tayac

Château La Tenotte

Château De Thau

Château Tour Birol

Château Tour Des Graves

 

Château Tour De Guiet

Château Les Tours Seguy

 

Château La Tuillière

Grape Gripe tasting review

V

Château Vieux Nodeau

 

Château Vieux Plantier

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In late 2020 the owner of Etalon Rouge in Blaye

and La Petite Cave wine bar, Leslie Kellen,

created a classification system for the

Blaye and Bourg appellations.

The 2020 Kellen Classification

This is the first time the wines of this region have been ranked into five growths, with growth one being the best and descending with respect to quality.

Click on the link to see the full classification list.