A majority is made from Sémillon and sometimes from Muscadelle grapes. The Côtes de Duras Moelleux are usually fleshy and concentrated –with moderation– and have aromas of ripe fruit and sometimes candied fruit.
This appellation mainly produces sweet wines (moelleux) although some adventurous producers also make great cuvees of very sweet wine (liquoreux). The diversity of Duras’ white grape varieties gives those wines a beautiful aromatic complexity.
The Côtes de Duras Moelleux was recognised as an Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (Controlled Designation of Origin) in 1937.
The subsoils of the Côtes de Duras Rouge appellation are composed of marine and fluvial sediments such as heavy and sticky clays called “Boulbènes” in the lower parts and the south of the vineyard; as well as marls and molasses & limestone and clay-limestone at a higher altitude.
Although Duras is known for its reds which constitute the majority of its production, it appears it also makes excellent white wines and for good reason: Duras’ subsoils of molasses and boulbènes are clearly suitable for the cultivation of white varieties. The persistent cultivation of red grapes on a land that is clearly favourable to the development of white grapes is certainly due to the rebellious nature of our winegrowers!
5 to 8 years
Potential for laying-down
Food/wine pairing: Appetiser, white meat, foie gras or blue cheese