Across the hillsides of Côtes de Bordeaux, the end of harvest signals the smell of fermentation. Cellar masters kick off the winemaking process, while winery families make meals for harvest workers. Here are five delicious Côtes de Bordeaux wines paired with dishes inspired by each region—Blaye, Cadillac, Castillon, Francs, Sainte-Foy.
This would be a fun party with friends—buy a bottle of wine from each region, and serve them with the recommended dishes below. Have fun with it!
2016 Château Peybonhomme Les Tours Blanc Bonhomme Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux, France (Rating: 93 | $21)
This blend of 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Semillon is floral with lemon and apple notes that dance in the glass. It has a deliciously enticing spicy, mineral finish that is creamy yet bright. Pair it with Veal paupiette, which is a traditional dish served in Blaye. It’s sliced thin, then stuffed with any kind of sweet or savory filling. It’s a great dish to pair with this white blend.
2014 Château Biac, Cuvee Felix de Biac Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux, France (Rating: 90 | $25)
Bright, complex and fresh, this red is deliciously earthy, and mild mannered. It finishes long and strong with a charming mineral undertone. Slow cooked lentils with mild sausages is a typical hearty dish that pairs wonderfully!
2014 Château Hyot Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux, France (Rating: 88 | $15)
This red has a lot of layered black and blue fruits that play center stage to a mocha and mineral finish. The wine goes perfectly with duck, especially the classic French dish, Duck rillette with cornichons.
2014 Château Puygueraud, Francs Côtes de Bordeaux, France (Rating: 89 | $18)
Firm and ripe, yet fresh and smooth, you’ll love this wine for its playfulness of acidity and exuberant tannins. It’s delicious juice at a modest price. Simplicity is a technique commonly used in this region’s kitchens where locally foraged mushrooms play center stage. Pair this with mushrooms sautéed with shallots, garlic and parsley.
2014 Château Carbonneau Classique Sainte-Foy Côtes de Bordeaux, France (Rating: 87 | $12)
This is a well-made wine that is quite a bargain for the price. You’ll enjoy this wine for its earthy, round characters with layers of cherries and nutmeg. Pair it with mild goat or cow’s milk tome with quince jam. It makes a great opener to any party.