The town of Blaye is situated on the right bank of the Gironde estuary. Its major historical feature is its fortified citadel, which along with Fort Médoc and Fort Paté make up a trio of fortresses designed to defend Bordeaux against a river attack.
Together they form the Fortifications of Vauban group classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Remains of the walls of a 12th century castle built by the Counts of Blaye remain visible, curtain walls over 10 metres thick! The area is also known for its Merlot-based Côte de Blaye appellation wines.
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