Discovering the Charm of St Emilion

Born in the lush wine country east of Bordeaux, St Emilion wine is a full-bodied wine that boasts the broadest of wine characteristics, thanks to its diverse terroir and distinctive growing styles. Velvety and finely balanced, St Emilion displays a surprising versatility of flavour and a vibrant ruby colour.

The multiple faces of St Emilion wine

The Rich Character of St Emilion

The appellations of St Emilion — Saint-Emilion, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Puisseguin Saint-Emilion and Lussac Saint-Emilion — display a diverse palette of characteristics. In some part, this is due to the varying terroir and style of winemaking. Across appellations, St Emilion is a product of Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes, giving the wine its soft texture and richness, with the higher alcohol content typical of Merlot-based wines. Well-rounded and fruity, this wine requires very little oxygenation and is opened just an hour before being served. However, plateau-grown appellations usually require more than an hour to attain a full expression. On the other hand, gravel terroir wine, such as the classic Saint-Emilion, is far more distinct with notes of truffle, tobacco, tar, spice, and fresh herbs to offset the generous St Emilion Right Bank flavours and aromas of cherry, plum, blackberry, blueberry, vanilla, and floral bouquets. As St Emilion wines age, they develop earthy and deep forest characteristics with hints of mint and tobacco.
Saint Emilion vineyards produce some of the best wines in the world

Exploring the Regions and Terroir of St Emilion

St Emilion terroir is influenced by its growing regions. More than 800 producers of this popular table wine are spread across three regions. The limestone-rich Cotes plateau is famous for producing wines that are high in minerals and with an exquisite texture. The porous limestone releases moisture in hot, dry weather and contributes to the silkiness of the St Emilion flavour. The plateau slopes produce clayey wines that are relatively lighter but retain the full-bodied and ripened expression of its constituent grapes. Wines from chateaux located along the sandy base of the plateau possess a fruitier flavour and are the lightest and most tannic of the appellations, accentuating the earthy and spicy notes of Pomerol wines.