Bourg & Blaye
These two appellations are just across the Gironde river from the Haut-Medoc – a bit northwest of "St-Émilion
and its satellites. Bourg is the smaller appellation, nestled under the much bigger Blaye. Both have AC status,
Cotes de Bourg AC and Cotes de Blaye AC. Even further up is the Premieres Cotes de Blaye AC, producing red
wines a bit higher up on the AC scale. Both regions rely primarily on Merlot, blending with Cabernet Sauvignon
and some Cabernet Franc.
Whites are allowed here too – usually Sauvignon Blanc,
creating dry and pleasant wine.
Entre Deux Mers is not exactly what it means – between two seas - well, technically it's two rivers.
The wines produced
in this region, sandwiched between the Garonne & Dardogne rivers, are light and charming, and often reasonably
priced. The AC of Entre Deux Mers is only for white wines, reds from the region will be listed as Bordeaux AC.
Like other Bordeaux whites, wines of the area are made from Sauvignon Blanc, Semillonand Muscadelle. Light,
crisp, citrus-y and floral, these wines are great summer drinkers.
Bordeaux & Bordeaux Superior
Bordeaux wines that do not fall under a specific appellation are labeled “Appellation Bordeaux” or “Appellation
Bordeaux Superieur.” The majority of wines made in Bordeaux fall into this category. Wines from these two
classifications are made with grapes that come from any appellation within Bordeaux – white or red. Most of
the wines are white, and much of the red comes from Entre Deux Mers, where only white wines can bear the namesake
appellation on their label. Bordeaux Superior requires a few extra standards that the Bordeaux AC.