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The legend of the “Côte brune” and the “Côte blonde”

Legends abound involving the Côte-Rôtie. One of them explains why our hillsides are known as Côte brune and Côte blonde.

It is told that Lord Maugiron, who owned the Côte-Rôtie in the 16th century, divided his estate between his two daughters so that they would fetch a good husband. One had hair that was golden like the wheat fields... the other had hair that was a dark, dark brown. The wines from the two terroirs accompanied the first turkeys ever served in France, at the Chateau d'Ampuis in 1553.


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