By Lisa Rowlands

The fortified town of Cadillac, at the heart of the Entre-Deux-Mers district has a thousand year old viticultural history of which its vignerons - and the local towns-people - are extremely proud. The appellation’s eighty or so producers share a vineyard area of one-thousand-one-hundred hectares, which is dominated by gravelly, calcareous clay and limestone soils. Many of the plots occupy sites on slopes overlooking the Garonne river.

The vineyards of the appellation comprise of four key grapes typical of most Bordeaux red wine appellations. Merlot - the principal has been planted on Cadillac’s slopes since the 18th century and affords the blend approachability and suppleness. It covers more than half of the area under vine. Cabernet Sauvignon - the second grape accounts for one quarter of all plantings and contributes structure to the blend. The remaining quarter is composed of the region’s oldest variety, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Carménère and Petit Verdot are also permitted here but very rarely seen.

Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux AOC delivers wines which are both good quality and good value. Vibrant in colour, elegant and richly aromatic, the wines of this appellation can be ready to drink within a few years of vintage.