Senior Oenophiles Visit Entre-Deux-Mers

 This senior citizen traveled through Bordeaux with a group of highschoolers years ago and undoubtedly passed through this region, but did not know it was called Entre-Deux-Mers.

Actually between two rivers, La Dordogne and La Garonne,  Entre-Deux-Mers produce a very good dry white wine. My favorite is called Saint-Emilion. The wines produced in this area are some of the world’s finest on 7,400 acres of choice terrain.

Bordeaux’s boat-bejewelled quays, lined with neo-classical 18th-century buildings, are so beautiful that UNESCO has classified the city as a World Heritage Site, and by now you know how much I appreciate all those sites. As the capital of the Gironde departement and of the historic province of Aquitaine, the city of Bordeaux is both the commercial and cultural center of southwest France.

The “terroir” is unique with silt, compact sands and its clayey-limestone. It’s where 15 million bottles are produced yearly. The primary grapes are Savignon, Sémillion and Muscadelle. Seniors, maybe you already knew that?

The wine is aged between 1 to 3 years and has a rich aroma of grapefruit, litchi and peach. And if senior visitors choose a quality cheese to eat while sampling, it just has to be roquefort.

And chateaux… 7,000 of them.  If you have had a Bordeaux on your table you know that the label most often reads “Chateau de….”

And love of wine… Oenophilia is a love of wine and in the strictest sense, it describes a disciplined devotion to wine, accompanying strict traditions of consumption.

Senior Oenophiles Understand Viticulture

Entre-deux-Mers occupies a substantial slice of the Bordeaux region, stretching from the city of Bordeaux in the west almost all the way to the farmland outside Bergerac in the east. The landscape is mostly fertile and green, rolling gently between 33 and 330 ft (10–100m) above sea level.

However, vineyards have replaced some of the green landscape, with large patches of land being rapidly turned over to viticulture, that is the production of wine.

Wherever seniors taste Bordeaux’s wine, you’re in for a treat, so take in some sampling. The region has no less than 57 wine appellations. Not surprisingly, the wines of the region are often used as a base for regional food specialties.

Although countryside Médoc eateries are few, the city of Bordeaux is jammed with restaurants, especially around Place du Parlement; and many cafes, notably in the Quartier St-Pierre; and bars (Place de la Victoire and Cours de la Somme).

Understanding viticulture means understanding the importance of climate, harvesting, location, the Vine and Vineyard management. I’ll depart today with some pertinent information on Bordeaux by TripAdvisor with great hotels and where you can browse 133 attractions. Enjoy your tasting and tours. jeb

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