Entre Deux Mers Bordeaux Value Wine Guide, with a history of the Entre Deux Mers appellation, look at the character of the wines, Producer and Chateaux Listings with links to pages on every important property in the Entre Deux Mers region as well as to other value, Bordeaux wine communes like the satellite appellations with wine tasting notes, histories of the best Entre Deux Mers properties, images, technical information and Bordeaux wine buying tips. For a look at other, important Bordeaux value wine regions: Bordeaux Value Wine Appellation Guide
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Entre Deux Mers was once responsible for producing more white than red wine in Bordeaux. In those days, Entre Deux Mers was a much more, popular, Bordeaux wine producing appellation than it is today. Entre Deux Mers takes its name from its location, which is a large, triangular, shaped region situated in the middle of two bodies of water, the Garonne and the Dordogne rivers, just south and due east of the city of Bordeaux. The Entre Deux Mers appellation has 2,400 hectares under vine and close to 10,000 hectares in total, making it the largest wine production region in Bordeaux. There are at least 250 different producers in the Entre Deux Mers. Most estates in the Entre Deux Mers appellation are large, as each chateau has on average close to 60 hectares under vine. To place the Entre Deux Mers appellation on your label, your wine must be white. Red wines are sold as either generic Bordeaux, or Bordeaux Superieur.
The Entre Deux Mers region has one of the longest histories as a wine producing area in France. It dates back almost 2,000 years when it was first planted to vines by the ancient Romans. But Entre Deux Mers earned its reputation due to the wine produced by Benedictine Monks during the Middle Ages. The Monks began producing wine in Entre Deux Mers for religious purposes. In 1079, the Monks, led by Saint Gerard de Corbie constructed the Abbey of La Sauve Majeure, which took its name from the Latin term, granda silva, which means large forest, that phrase accurately describes much of the Entre Deux Mers region. The remains of the historic Abbey can still be seen today. It’s considered a Unesco historical sight. Entre Deux Mers is an attractive area to drive through. Many of the chateaux located in Entre Deux Mers are stunningly beautiful and are as impressive as many of the best Classified Growths in the Medoc. One of the most interesting estates close to the region is Chateau de Rastignac, which was designed as a tribute to Thomas Jefferson to look like the White House, in Washington DC.
Several of the best growers with the Bordeaux Superieur designation come from the large, Entre Deux Mers appellation. Generally speaking, the best wines from the Entre Deux Mers area are the white wines, due to the regions cooler terroir and its compact, sand and clay soils. However, there are sections where you can also find gravel and limestone. Part of the problem with the terroir of the Entre Deux Mers appellation is the lack of mineral elements in the soil and the massive amount of forest land. In fact, much of the appellation is not planted to the production of grapes as it’s inhabited by forest land and other greenery situated on a series of rolling hills. Due to its soils and trees, Entre Deux Mers is different than most Bordeaux appellations as much of the land remains devoted to producing other agricultural crops. Entre Deux Mers is susceptible to damage from hail storms. In August, 2013, the appellation lost close to 10% of its entire production due to severe storms.
The main grape varieties planted in the Entre Deux Mers region are Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle. Those varieties are used to produce both dry, white Bordeaux wine as well as sweet, white Bordeaux wine. The white wines of the Entre Deux Mers appellation are what the region does best. In fact, only the white wines are allowed to be called Entre Deux Mers. The best bred wines of the region are sold as Bordeaux Superieur. The vast majority of wines from Entre Deux Mers are sold as common Bordeaux AOC wine or as simple Vin de Table, also known as table wine. For the production of red Bordeaux wine in Entre Deux Mers, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are by far, the most important grapes planted in the region
The Entre Deux Mers appellation includes 9 separate AOC designated areas. Similar to what takes place in the Medoc, Entre Deux Mers is counted as one of the AOC areas. The other communes that make up the appellation are: Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux, Sainte Croix du Mont, St. Macaire, Graves de Vayres, Sainte Foy Bordeaux. The communes of Loupiac and Cadillac are part of the Entre Deux Mers appellation as well. Both those regions, Loupiac and Cadillac, are well known for producing affordable, sweet, white Bordeaux wine made from grapes attacked by botrytis, which is also known as noble rot. If the wines of Sauternes and Barsac are out of your budget, Loupiac and Cadillac are good sources for well priced, sweet, white Bordeaux wine.
While the majority of the wines from the Entre deux Mers region are simple, easy to drink wines, there are some quality producers in the appellation region making both, red and white wine. But it takes effort to find the best wines as most are not worth buying. Due to the low prices and poor overall reputation of the region, many producers are struggling to make a profit from their vines. In fact, during the 1960′s, as quality slid in the appellation, the wines for a time were all designated as simply, vin de table.
Perhaps the best known wine from the Entre Deux Mers appellation comes from Chateau Reignac. However, like all the best red wine produced in the Entre Deux Mers appellation, the wine is sold as a Bordeaux Superieur, due to its high quality. Other estates worth the effort to seek out are: Domaine de Courteillac, Gree-Laroque, Le Pin Beausoleil, Rauzan Despagne and Chateau Marjosse are other examples of the better wines from Entre Deux Mers.
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