Cave du Marmandais is a 'satellite' district of the Bordeaux wine region of south-western France. It is named after the town of Marmande at its center, which sits on the northern bank of the Garonne river. The appellation AOC Cotes du Marmandais covers red, white and rose wines produced from grapes grown within specified areas of the parishes around Marmande.
"Made in South-West"
With different families and chateaus, Cave du Marmandais gathered wineries around the area to create a "commune of wineries". The whole commune produces and promotes quality wines from South-western France.
The Garonne divides the Marmande district into north and south, with the resulting portions being eastern extensions of the Entre-Deux-Mers and Graves regions respectively. The northern part has the clay and chalk-based soils of Entre-Deux-Mers, in which Merlot grows well, while the gravels of Graves provide Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc with excellent growing conditions. The alluvial silts on the plateaux are also suitable for viticulture.
The quality of wine produced in the Cotes du Marmandais has steadily increased over the past few decades as Bordeaux's prestige reached its current heights, and the district was granted its own controlled appellation in 1990. Previously, its wines were labeled with the less-prestigious VDQS denomination.
在過去的幾十年中，隨著波爾多越來越多人追捧，Cotes du Marmandais 的葡萄酒質量也一跟著提高，更於 1990 年成為獨立的 AOC 法定產區。
Cabernet Sauvigon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot are the dominant varieties used in AOC Marmandais red wines, and are permitted to form a maximum 75% of a finished wine. The other authorised varieties set the Cotes du Marmandais apart from Bordeaux. They include the local grapes Abouriou, Malbec and Fer, as well as – surprisingly – the eastern French varieties Gamay and Syrah.
赤霞珠、品麗珠和梅洛是 AOC Marmandais 紅酒的主要葡萄，最多可以用作紅酒的 75％ 成份，而剩下的品種是 Abouriou、Malbec 及 Fer，亦出奇地有少量 Gamay 和 Syrah，令紅酒的風格與波爾多區有所不同。
法國西南產區(Sud- ouest)内葡萄園四散分怖在十個縣，各自有獨自的風格和特性。西南區自古就一直被波爾多的陰影籠罩，由於波爾多的保護主義，有將近五世纪的時間西南區 的葡萄酒必須等波爾多葡萄酒售罄之後才能通過波爾多的經銷商以波爾多之名銷售到海外市場。即使現在，西南區也很難擺脱便宜小波爾多的錯誤印象，其實西南區内出產的許多葡萄酒带有非常濃厚的地方特色。特别是這裏繁多的各式各樣的本地品種，讓人猶如置身在葡萄品種的植物園。
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