They are characterized by the suppleness and the roundness of the Merlot grape, combined with the tannic power of the Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grape varieties. Generally supple and fruity, those wines can be tannic and well-structured if they are aged in barrels.
Côtes de Duras Rouge 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.
between 15°C and 17°C
5 to 10 years
Ideally served with red meat, a regional dish like duck breast, confit, game, a “poule au pot” or cheese. If they are young, they can be served with white meat of simply cold meats.