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The appellation (also known as Blayais) in the region named after the town of the same name Bordeaux lies on the right bank of the estuary Gironde across from the west Médoc, Viticulture can be traced back to Roman times. The area is also famous for the caves par-non-pair with prehistoric rock paintings that are as significant as those of Lascaux (in Southwest France ) be valid. The vineyards cover about 6,500 hectares of vineyards mainly clayey-limestone and clayey-gravelly soils with underground ferrous sandstone.
In 2009, the roof appellation Côtes de Bordeaux created, the red wines are now under the new Appellation Blaye - Côtes de Bordeaux from the red wines Merlot (70%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20%), Cabernet Franc and Malbec ( Cot ), as well as small amounts of autochthonous Béquignol Noir and Prolongeau ( bouchalès ) produced. The Appellation Premières Côtes de Blaye was up to vintage 2008 for red wines with higher alcohol content, it was abandoned in favor of Blaye - Côtes de Bordeaux.
The most important white wines are Sémillon. Sauvignon Blanc. Chenin Blanc. Colombard and Ugni Blanc ( Trebbiano Toscano ). The appellation Blaye (also Blayais) was up to vintage 2008 for simpler red and white wines, but was rarely used. Now it applies only to the simpler white wines. The appellation Côtes de Blaye was and still is for (compared to the simple under Blaye) qualitatively better white wines.
Well-known wineries are Château Barbé, Château les Bertrands, Château Bourdieu, Château la Carelle, Château de Castets, Château Charron, Château Crusquet-deLagarcie, Château l'Escadre, Château du Grand-Pierre, Château Haut Bertinerie, Château Lacaussade St-Martin, Château Maine-Gazin, Château Marinier, Château Menaudat, Château les Moines, Château Peyredoulle, Château Peyreyre and Château Segonzac.