Chateau Cote de France
The full title of the smallest of these five appellations is Bordeaux Côtes de Francs. The region could have been part of the appellation Côtes de Castillon, but in 1967 decided to go its own way, retaining the ‘Bordeaux’ tag for identity. Size and location make it somewhat insular, but the top wines are without doubt of interest.
Located north-east of Côtes de Castillon, this is a remote realm. There are three tiny villages – Francs, Tayac and Saint-Cibard – few signs of human life, and a pleasing countryside of copses, gently rolling hills, a little mixed farming and the vine.
Red dry wine.
Grapes:Merlot (52%), Abouriou (16%), Cabernet (18%), Malbec (7%), Syrah (7%)
Tasting:Black cherry and plum flavors mingle with herb, tobacco and licorice notes in this round red. It has light tannins and gentle acidity, with a savory finish.
Food matching:Best served at 65 F with meat and cheese.