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Côtes de Blaye and Côtes de Bourg

For the wine enthusiast of both red and white wines, who stays in the region of Royan, a tour of the vineyards of the Côtes de Blaye and Côtes de Bourg is essential.

Côtes de Blaye and Côtes de Bourg, opposite the Medoc, the right bank of the Gironde is sometimes forgotten.

For the wine enthusiast of both red and white wines, who stays in the region of Royan, a tour of the vineyards of the Côtes de Blaye and Côtes de Bourg is essential. In addition, prices remain reasonable.

 

The Côtes de Blaye vineyard

Starting from Royan, go in the direction of Bordeaux and take the D730 road up to Mirambeau. At Mirambeau, take the N137 in the direction of Bordeaux and after about 2 km, turn right on the D255 towards Saint-Ciers-sur-Gironde. At this point, one leaves the department of Charente-Maritime to enter the department of Gironde. The first village of the appellation Côtes de Blaye is named Saint-Palais, not to be confused with Saint-Palais-sur-Mer.

Saint-Ciers-sur-Gironde

Saint-Ciers-sur-Gironde is the main centre of the northern part of the appellation. In the square in front of the church, a panel indicates the châteaux around Saint-Ciers.

The Château des Matards is worth a visit. To reach it, take the D18 direction Saint-Bonnet-sur-Gironde, up to the village Le-Pas-d’Ozelle. The TERRIGEOL family , traditional wine growers, will welcome you warmly and will invite you to taste a wide range of their Premières Côtes de Blaye wines, both red and white. To remind us that we are only within a few kilometres from the Charente department, the family also offers pineau and cognac from their Domaine de la Margotterie.

After the visit, one can return towards Saint-Ciers to the D255 and follow it up to Blaye. It is interesting to take a walk in the citadel for its historic interest and for the views of the Gironde.

Cars

To find the vineyard again, take the D937 in the direction of Cars. Located a few kilometres from Blaye, Cars is an important centre of the southern part of the appellation. The Château Peybonhomme-les-Tours has a friendly atmosphere in the tasting room.

From Cars, one can return to the Gironde by following the D133, in the direction of Saint-Ciers-de-Canesse and Roque-de-Thau. Be sure not to miss the small road D669 which runs along the Gironde for a dozen kilometres up to Bourg. The views over the Gironde are magnificent and if it is lunch-time, stop at a small terraced restaurant by the river.

The Côtes de Bourg vineyard

In Bourg, you can leave the car in the lower part of the town on the quays and go by foot up the alleys which climb towards the upper part of the town. From the walk on the walls, you can appreciate the vast panoramic view.

The vineyard covers 3 600 hectares in an area of about 15 kilometres by 10, cultivated by 600 wine growers. The Châteaux are often on top of hills and it is a pleasure to drive on the hilly roads of the region to reach them.

This is the case with the Château La-Croix-Davids in Lansac, two kilometres from Bourg by D23 or D134. This château, situated on highest part of Lansac, is worth a visit for the quality of its wines and for the landscape. Note that the Château La-Croix-Davids also has a retail shop on the central square of Bourg.

After Lansac, follow the D23, direction Pugnac, to join N137, direction Blaye, then Mirambeau where the D730 will take you back to Royan.

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