France: Bordeaux

Entre-Deux-Mers, Bourg and Blaye

Between the rivers and the Côtes
By Jane Anson

This Guide was last updated on 03 March 2010
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Main grape varieties


Cabernet Sauvignon
An important grape for the red blends. It can be difficult to ripen on these cooler, damper soils.

Accounts for a high proportion in the red blends, sometimes over half, since it thrives better on these soils which have a higher clay content than their neighbours on the left bank. Produces supple wines that develop earlier.

Cabernet Franc
Gives the wines finesse. Often called Bouchet it is a lighter and less intense version of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Used as a blending ingredient - may account for as much as 8% of a blend.


Sauvignon Blanc
Main grape for the dry white wines of Entre-Deux-Mers region, although there are plantings elsewhere too. Also partners Sémillon in sweet white wines.

The main grape for sweet white wine production since the thin skins are particularly susceptible to noble rot.

Ugni Blanc
Blended with Colombard for dry whites, especially those of Bourg and Blaye.

Principle grape for the dry white wine blends of Bourg and Blaye.

Adds perfumed character to sweet white blends.

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