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La Sauve is a French commune in the département of the Gironde, Aquitaine region. Situated within the Bordeaux urban area, it is located in the Entre-Deux-Mers wine region on the Route National 671 between Sallebœuf and Sauveterre-de-Guyenne.

It was established by Saint Gerard, who founded an abbey (Abbaye de La Sauve-Majeure) there in 1079 under the auspices of the Duke of Aquitaine. The abbey, which is now in ruins, is managed by the Historical Monuments agency and can be visited.

In the Middle Ages, La Sauve was the capital of Entre-Deux-Mers. It prospered and grew due to the various taxes that fell to the Abbey, including bridge tolls over the Garonne and Dordogne and different taxes on the inhabitants. At the time the town boasted some thirty butchers' shops.

Its name comes from the Latin "Silvia Mayor", which means 'Great Forest'. Over the years "Silvia Mayor" was transposed to La Sauve-Majeure and then simply to La Sauve.

The above information was extracted and freely translated from articles on the French Wikipedea site.

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