The Côtes de Duras Sec are charmers… In their light colour and its shades of green, these wines are elegant and nervous and can also be delicate and fruity. Two different styles exist: a fruity and fresh dry white with aromas of boxwood or blackcurrant –usually solely made of Sauvignon– and a more complex and fleshy dry white, in which grape varieties such as Muscadelle and Sémillon bring a little roundness.
Côtes de Duras Sec 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 favorable to the development of white grapes is certainly due to the rebellious nature of our winegrowers!
Potential for laying-down
ideally served with fish and shellfish