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Satellite State

The classification of the wines of Saint-Émilion are unique for many reasons, not least because they under-go regular review of properties contained therein - something that is not done nearly enough in other parts of Bordeaux. One of the interesting things about St-Émilion is that sometimes it can be light and fresh, and other times it it can be deep, dark and suitable for 100 years worth of aging - as is the case with Cheval-Blanc.

The classification of the wines of Saint-Émilion are unique for many reasons, not least because they under-go regular review of properties contained therein - something that is not done nearly enough in other parts of Bordeaux. One of the interesting things about St-Émilion is that sometimes it can be light and fresh, and other times it it can be deep, dark and suitable for 100 years worth of... read more.

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One of the reasons that the such variation exists is actually down to misconception. What I mean by this is that many people will drink what they think is Saint-Émilion, when actually it is from what is known as a 'satellite' appellation. Château Tour Bel Air is from Montagne Saint-Émilion, which is to the north-east of the main appellation. It has a medium body with some good fruit expression as well as firm tannin. What I like about it is that it has the sturdy complexions that you would expect, meaning it is great with food, but it also has a great approachability that some Bordeauxs lack. I hope you enjoy it.

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