While Bordeaux’s Left and Right Banks monopolise critical attention, the often-overlooked area ‘between the two waters’, as the colloquial French has it, is producing a number of exceptional wines.
The Entre-deux-Mers region lies between the Dordogne and Garonne rivers and extends over 18APs in all, producing a range of wine styles and colours; the regional Entre-deux-Mers AP title, however, applies solely to its dry whites.
Scroll down for Georgina Hindle’s tasting notes and scores for 18 top Entre-deux-Mers whites
With a total of 1,617ha under vine – 94% of which have an environmental certification – it is Bordeaux’s largest white wine appellation and one of France’s most important hubs for affordable whites.
Vineyards are set on gently rolling hills at 10m-100m altitude, earning its regional nickname ‘the Tuscany of France’, with predominantly alluvial soils made up of varying proportions of sand and clay from the two rivers.