The largest appellation in Gironde, as the name suggests Entre-Deux-Mers is located between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. Several communes, sub-regions and appellations are located within its borders, including the communes of Cadillac, Loupiac and Sainte-Croix-du-Mont for sweet wines and Sainte-Foy-Bordeaux and Graves de Vayres for both red and dry whites.
This area of Bordeaux is picturesque, with rolling hills scattering the vineyards, forests and orchard groves. This area is known for producing large quantities of dry white wine, and in fact produces more white wine than any other region in Bordeaux. Sauvignon Blanc and Sèmillon are the major grape varieties, though Muscadelle plays a role, along with lesser grapes such as Merlot Blanc, Ugni Blanc and even Colombard. The soil types range greatly by area, though most spots consist of loam, gravel and marl.
Large amounts of white grape vines have been replanted with red as a better economic option, but over the last decade or so the white wines of Entre-Deux-Mers have seen a resurgence due to improved wine making practices and an increase in the market for crisp and dry white wines. The best versions can be lively examples that are enjoyable young but can also improve in bottle for up to five years, though most are at their best when young.
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