APPELLATION

Our History and the characteristics of our local soil

FRANCS

CÔTES DE BORDEAUX

 

The soil is composed of clay, fine to coarse sand and a mixture of limestone and fossilized starfish. It lies on a subsoil of gravel and quartz. This subsoil contains a dense hydrographic network, which explains the presence of numerous springs and streams.

 

These, on the one hand, bring well-needed water to the vines and, on the other hand, allow them to develop a solid root system. The vines are planted in a magnificent undulating countryside amongst woods and meadows where regularly architectural marvels appear such as a 12th century  church or a 14th century château.

THE LOCAL SOIL

 

Situated in three parishes, Francs, Tayac and St Cibard, the appellation Francs-Côtes de Bordeaux is the smallest in the Bordeaux region, since the area of vines planted is only 450 ha (selon Féret 500 ha). It is also the latest defined appellation of the region (1967).

 

Being the most north-eastern appellation of the Libournais, the climate is more continental than in Bordeaux and characterized by colder winters and warmer summers.

Lying between the valleys of the river Isle and the river Dordogne, the appellation is protected from heavy showers and hail storms the paths of which follow the two river valleys.