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Course: Bordeaux

Class 3: Beyond the Médoc


Entre-Deux-Mers means "between two seas." The appellation's name is derived from its location between the Dordogne and Garonne rivers.

This huge district, the largest in Bordeaux, is important primarily for its value whites.


Climate and Soils

Continuing on the water theme, the land between two seas receives more rain than the Médoc. The temperatures are slightly warmer during the growing season.

The soils are mainly the typical Bordeaux mixture of gravel, limestone, clay and sandy clay. The oddity is found in the western section of Entre-Deux-Mers. Called boulbenes, it is an unusually fine sand that compacts into rocklike hardness.


Regional Character

For the most part, the wines are enjoyable quaffs.

White Wines
Entre-Deux-Mers AC is for white wines only. Other than the regional Bordeaux...

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