Summer Sipping: White Bordeaux

I picked up this wine for a class I am taking that was focusing on Entre-Deux-Mers, the appellation created in 1937 in Bordeaux where much of the region’s still white wines are produced. This particularly winery is in the town of Ladaux.

Entre-Deux-Mers gets its name from its location, between the Garonne and the Dordogne rivers. The winery is owned by the Maubrac Guerin family and has 50 hectares of vines. The estate is one of the older ones in this area and the fourth generation of the family is running the show today. Entres-Deux-Mers is a very historic area in Bordeaux, settled over 2000 years ago by the Romans. Monks during the Middle Ages also made the area popular for wine, as early as the 10th century. There are 1700 hectares of land under vine, 300 producers, and 10 million bottles sold annually of these wines labeled Entre-Deux-Mers.

In the 18th century, the wines were very popular. Less so today, it is still a great place to get a wonderful white Bordeaux which is traditionally a blend of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle. Only white wines, or Bordeaux Blanc can have the name Entre-Deux-Mers on the label. The reds made in the area can use either the generic Bordeaux appellation or perhaps Bordeaux Superior, depending on the wine.

This winery did not put Entre-Deux-Mers on the label but left it as a generic Bordeaux. I believe that is a marketing choice since they sell a lot of their Bordeaux Rouge as well.

Entre-Deux-Mers contains 9 appellations that produce still dry and sweet white wines as well as red wines. The soils are varied with compact sand and clay for the whites and areas of gravel and limestone pockets. Much of the area is covered by forest, some 75% and other crops are grown as well as wine grapes.

I love sweet wines and reds of course but I’m loving this area for inexpensive refreshing whites with acidity and some structure too. I think it’s a great place as a go-to for white wine drinkers. I always order White Bordeaux for my sister in fact because I know she’s a Sauvignon Blanc fan and I rarely go wrong.

The wine was lemon yellow in color with aromas of grass, honey, and citrus. On the palate, I got more of the lanolin or waxy note from the Semillon as well as some tropical melon notes. Great acidity thanks to the Sauvignon in the wine, I found this to be a great summer sipper with length and finesse. I paired it with Roast Chicken and it was a happy weeknight pairing.

One comment

  1. It’s amazing how much wine is sold in Entre-Deux-Mers alone. I’ve also discovered refreshing, structured whites, and also some smaller producers doing fantastic stuff. I think you’d also like Chateau de Monfaucon.

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