Most extensive Wine Growing Zone in France
The Entre-Deux-Mers is the largest AOC wine-growing zone in France. The area is about 70.00 square kilometers.
The Entre-Deux-Mers is a large region located about 80 km southeast of Bordeaux city. In the French language, Entre-Deux-Mers translates as “Between two seas”. Therefore, its name indicates that this geographical zone surrounds two seas (Here two large rivers): the Dordogne in the north and the Garonne in the south.
The Entre-Deux-Mers has a vast diversity of climates and soils (sands, clays, gravels and clay, and limestone). That’s why this area is suitable for cultivating different types of white and red wines.
Gifted Terroir of Entre-deux-Mers
Traditionally, the Entre-Deux-Mers production consists mainly of dry and mellow white wines, mostly from a blend of sauvignon and sémillon grapes. The Entre-Deux-Mers region is also distinguished today with a production of high-quality red wines, mainly from the Merlot grape variety.
With its unique, different microclimates and its oceanic sweetness, the Entre-Deux-Mers is the most characteristic AOC in the region, and it is the home to many other appellations.
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Sub-Appellations of Entre-deux-Mers
There are ten sub-appellations of Entre-deux-Mers: Bordeaux-Haut-Benauge, Cadillac – Côtes de Bordeaux, Côtes-de-Bordeaux-Saint-Macaire, Entre-deux-Mers-Haut-Benauge, Graves-de-Vayres, Loupiac, Entre-deux-Mers, Premières-Côtes-de-Bordeaux, Sainte-Croix-du-Mont, Sainte-Foy-Bordeaux.
A part of the important features of Entre-Deux-Mers appellation for dry white wines are as follows:
- Soil: Limestone and clay.
- Wine color: Dry white wine.
- Aromas: Nervous and well-balanced with citrus, white flowers, and tropical fruit.
- Taste: Nervous, but simultaneously sweet and dry.
- Aging potential: 1 – 2 years.
- Serving temperature: 8 to 10° C
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