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France | Saint Émilion, Bordeaux

Saint Emilion Town & Vineyards

Situated on the right bank of the Dordogne, a few kilometres to the east of Libourne, is the medieval town of Saint Émilion, which gives its name to the red wines produced in the region. Made predominately from the Merlot grape variety these wines are often rich, smooth and very accessible.

Built on a semi-circle of hills, visitors flock to the town of Saint Émilion and its myriad of churches, cloisters and convents clustered on the top, within and below a plateau which is responsible for some of the regions finest wines.

Saint Émilion is one of Bordeaux' favoured appellations and viticulture dates back to the Roman times but, despite this, the region was ignored by the 1855 Classification prepared by the Chamber of Commerce. It was not until 1954 that a system of classification was devised for Saint-Émilion.

Unlike the Médoc 1855 Classification, which is essentially set in stone, the Saint-Émilion system is revised every ten years and is therefore, arguably, a more reliable guide. The top wines are classified as premiers grands crus classés (A and B grades), grands crus classés and grands crus. 

Aside from this system, there have always been some mavericks who went their own way, gaining cult status with or without classification as in the case of François Mitjavile of Tertre Rôteboeuf. François pioneered a new generation of wines which, through meticulous attention to detail, created new standards of quality with the resulting demand having no need for any official rank.

SAINT ÉMILION SATELLITES:

In addition to the main Saint-Émilion appellation, there are a number of satellites which used to be sold simply as Saint Émilion but which were awarded an appellation in their own right, in part to protect the reputation of the greatest of the great. In deference to their historical link with the principal appellation, they are allowed to attach Saint-Émilion to their names. These are now Saint-Georges Saint-Émilion, Puisseguin Saint-Émilion, Lussac Saint-Émilion and the largest of the satellites Montagne Saint-Émilion.

Montagne Saint Émilion lies at the very centre of the Saint-Émilion region. It is steeped in history and the vineyards are dotted with centuries-old windmills and houses. There are also rewards of magnificent views for visitors walking through the vines. Historic buildings and fine vistas not withstanding, this is a region steeped in the tradition of winemaking, fiercely proud of its terroir and history tradition.

 

 

Château La Courolle Montagne-Saint-Émilion 2016

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Château La Courolle is a wonderfully accessible entry to the style of Saint-Émilion... Read More...

Château Barrail du Blanc Saint Émilion Grand Cru 2016

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Charming & accessible, this is a fine Saint Emilion Grand Cru that wont break the bank... Read More...

Le Dragon de Quintus Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2014

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The inspiration for the name ˝Dragon de Quintus˝ came from the vineyard’s privileged... Read More...

Château Barrail du Blanc Saint Émilion Grand Cru | Magnum (150cl)

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Château Barrail du Blanc produces wines that are exceptional for their depth and... Read More...

Clos Saint-Martin Saint Émilion Grand Cru Classé 2014

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Measuring just 1.33 hectares, the modest area of ​​Clos St Martin makes it... Read More...

Annonce de Belair-Monange Saint Émilion Grand Cru 2014

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Château Bélair-Monange was born from the fusion of the vineyards of Châteaux Bélair... Read More...

Château Bélair-Monange Saint Émilion Premier Grand Cru Classé 2014

From £82.75 - per bottle
Château Bélair-Monange traces its origins back to Roman times. Situated at the highest... Read More...

Château Quintus Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2012

From £85.00 - per bottle
Château Quintus Saint-Émilion Grand Cru is an assemblage of Merlot (89%) and Cabernet... Read More...

Château Rocheyron Saint Émilion Grand Cru 2011

From £95.00 - per bottle
A really fine expression of a precocious and unusual vintage... Read More...

Château Rocheyron Saint Émilion Grand Cru 2016

From £100.00 - per bottle
Château Rocheyron Saint Émilion Grand Cru is an assemblage of Merlot (70%) and... Read More...

Château Barrail du Blanc Saint Émilion Grand Cru | Double Magnum (300cl)

£140.00
Château Barrail du Blanc produces wines that are exceptional for their depth and... Read More...