Wine: France's lost island of vines

The land surrounded by the rivers of Bordeaux produces startlingly varied wines - and if you know where to look, it can be a treasure trove of value and taste, writes Tomás Clancy.

15th September, 2012
Châteaux de la Ligne: one of the big names of Entre Deux Mers.

Sometimes it really is all about the numbers. The distance from Howth Head to Dalkey is roughly 9.8km, so Dublin Bay at its mouth, so to speak, is 10km wide. The Liffey is around 85km in length and, for most of that, its average width is around 200m.

Well, in the Bordeaux region, the mighty Gironde river is around 11km wide - wider than Dublin Bay at its mouth - and never gets smaller than...

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