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 wine styles


Supple fruity wines that develop relatively early due to the significant proportion of Merlot in the blends. Can be oak aged, usually for 12-15 months, with some producers using a small proportion of new oak. The Côte de Bourg reds can be quite tannic and need time to soften, and are best appreciated from 4-6 years.

Dry whites

Crisp, fruity whites best drunk young. The best are the grassy Sauvignon-based wines coming from the Entre-Deux-Mers. Some oak-aged wines develop more character.

Sweet whites

In this micro-region, the best come from the Sainte Croix de Mont AC and are concentrated and full-bodied with a deep golden colour. Loupiac and Cadillac sweet whites are usually decent at best, at worst they are simple ordinary sugary sweet wines.


Bordeaux clairets and rosés are made by macerating red grape varieties for a short time. Both are fresh and fruity, clairets have a more intense colour. Premières Côtes de Bordeaux is the main production area.

Sparkling Wines

Crémant de Bordeaux is mainly white with a little rosé, generally Brut. It can offer good value for money.

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