Entre-Deux-Mers (between two seas) is the oldest wine-producing region of Bordeaux. It is between the rivers Dordogne and Garonne. These two rivers providing warmer water from the sea, gives the largest wine area of Bordeaux very specific characteristics.It is named after the tidal influence acting on these two rivers definition back to the Middle Ages. Entre-Deux-Mers is located some 80 km south-east of the city of Bordeaux and is one of the largest wine industry in Bordeaux and it extends over an area of 60 km to 30km. This wine region has a remarkable historical heritage of beautiful churches, monasteries, castles and palaces, memories of a rich historical past.
Traditionally the production of the Entre-Deux-Mers is mainly composed of dry and sweet white wines. Sauvignon Blanc is the major white grape of this AOC. It is often blended with the Muscadelle and Semillon. Semillon, which gives roundness and power, Muscadelle adds lovely wild and musky notes. This blend of grapes that gives these wines if this particular flavor, popular in young wine, dry, fresh, crisp and fruity.
The region Entre-deux-mers also stands today with a production of red wines, mainly from the grape Merlot.
Entre deux Mers displays a wide variety of landforms, exhibitions, and soils: sand, clay, serious, clay and limestone are everywhere at the mercy of walks along the charming little country roads.
With its particularly diverse microclimates region of Entre-deux-Mers hosts many names, most of which are entitled to AOC Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur:
- Cadillac -(mainly producing sweet white)
- Entre-deux-Mers – (only dry white wines)
- Entre-deux-Mers-Haut-Benauge – (only dry white wines)
- Graves-de-Vayres – (red and dry or semi-dry white)
- Premières-Côtes-de-Bordeaux -(red wine and soft or sweet white)
If the dry whites of the Entre-deux-Mers, usually fruity and delicately aromatic, they must be drunk within 2-5 years, especially soft and sweet in the Entre-deux-Mers can of course supporting a longer aging. The red of the Entre-deux-Mers are full-bodied and warm, sometimes a bit nervous in their youth, but they soften with age which makes them more rounded. However drink between 5 and 10 years depending on the vintage.