Wines from Côtes de Bordeaux Saint-Macaire, formerly known as Saint-Macaire, have been famous since the Middle Ages. The hillsides face direct south.
CÔTES DE BORDEAUX
Winding along the right bank of the Garonne River, the Saint-Macaire (or Côtes-de-Bordeaux-Saint-Macaire) PDO is a southeastern extension of the Cadillac region. The area's daytime heat and evening fog promote the development of noble rot in this small designation, located at the southern edge of the Entre-Deux-Mers region. It produces brightly-colored sweet wines, a straw yellow with flashes of gold, as well as dessert wines with an intense nose, blending ripe yellow fruit, almond, wax, and other notes.
SOFT AND SMOOTH
This wine region of under 100 acres is north-east of the town of Langon.
Its wines find their balance on the palate through a combination of freshness and smoothness. They are sweet and sometimes very sweet.
These soft, smooth and supple wines have delicious honeyed and candied aromas.
The wines are made with grapes grown in 10 communes in the canton of Saint-Macaire on the hills of the right bank of the Garonne river south of Bordeaux overlooking the medieval city of Saint-Macaire with its ramparts.
Many of the clay-limestone and clay-sand hillsides have limestone subsoil below and the grape varieties are Sémillon, Sauvignon and Muscadelle. The grapes are hand-harvested when nicely ripe and some also go through successive selection, followed by a traditional winemaking process with six to 18 months of élevage.
CÔTES DE BORDEAUX SAINT-MACAIRE
SÉMILLON, SAUVIGNON, MUSCADELLE
VISITS & ANECDOTES
A SOUTH-FACING AOC
…exotic starters, white meat, poultry, fish in sauce and Asian cuisine. These wines go well with any cheese and take chocolate and fruit desserts to the next level.
TWO ROUTES TO EXPLORE
Two walking routes have been created to help visitors explore the appellation:
the Route panoramique des coteaux de Garonne and the Route de coteaux en églises romanes.