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Côtes de Castillon AOC
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In 1989, an area called Côtes de Castillon in the east of the Bordeaux region was declared an appellation for red wines. The name was given by the town of Castillon-la-Bataille on the Dordogne, where in 1453 the decisive battle took place in which, after 300 years of English rule with countless battles, the historic province of Aquitaine finally fell to France. The area is framed by Saint-Émilion to the west and the Dordogne River to the south. In 2009, the umbrella appellation was Côtes de Bordeaux was created and the name of the area was changed to Castillon - Côtes de Bordeaux.
The vineyards cover 3,000 hectares of vines in the nine communes of Belvès-de-Castillon, Castillon-la-Bataille, Saint-Magne-de-Castillon, Gardegan-et-Tourtirac, Sainte-Colombe, Saint-Genès-de-Castillon, Saint-Philippe-d'Aiguilhe, Les Salles-de-Castillon and Monbadon. They are planted with the red wine varieties Merlot (70%), Cabernet Franc (20%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (10%). Well-known wineries are Château d'Aiguilhe, Château Cap de Faugères, Château Castegens, Château Clos L'Eglise, Château Fongaban, Château Lardit, Château Haut-Tuquet, Château Moulin-Rouge, Château Pitray, Château Roquevielle, Château Sainte-Colombe and Château Thibaud-Bellevue and Domaine de l'A.