COTES DE BLAYE
This white French wine was once intended for use in making Cognac. Currently more acidic and moderate quality wines from this region are used as the basis for Pine de Bordeaux, the local distilled spirit, that otherwise is very tasty. The better quality for this French wines bear the appellation Cotes de Blaye and are dry. This French wine is quite aromatic (citrus fruit and pineapple), fresh, broad, and quite dry. Drink Cotes de Blaye French wine at 10-12°C (50-53.6°F).
PREMIERES COTES DE BLAYE
Most of the French wines are red but a small quantity of dry white wine is also produced. The white French wine is fresh, elegant, and has a typical Sauvignon Blanc nose with citrus fruit (predominantly grapefruit), and plant undertones (box and broom). It is an excellent aperitif or with fresh oysters. Drinking temperature for this French wine: 10-12°C (50-53.6°F).
The Premieres Cotes de Blaye reds are mainly thinly textured but the better ones are fuller and more complex. In general, Premieres Cotes de Blaye reds are fruity wines with plant undertones. It is best to choose a top estate as these represent better value for money. These better French wines are often surprisingly powerful, with an almost typical nose of game and leather without being 'rustic'. Drink the simple this French wine when young and slightly chilled (14°C/57.2°F) and the fuller wines at 16- 17°C (60.8- 62.6°F).