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St-Émilion

The wine-producing areas of St-Émilion had their boundaries established by Edward I in 1289 and have remained unchanged ever since. In recognition of this history, and the beauty of the area, World Heritage status was conferred on St-Émilion in 1999. No doubt the commissioners were very well wined as they came to their decision, for Edward I would be delighted to find that St-Émilion continues to produce some of the finest red wines in the world.

The wine-producing areas of St-Émilion had their boundaries established by Edward I in 1289 and have remained unchanged ever since. In recognition of this history, and the beauty of the area, World Heritage status was conferred on St-Émilion in 1999. No doubt the commissioners were very well wined as they came to their decision, for Edward I would be delighted to find that St-Émilion... read more.

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Merlot dominates the area, followed by Cabernet Franc, for the limestone and clay soils and relatively cool climate favour these over the later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines are generally well-structured without austerity and have plenty of fruit flavours and alcohol content. The best will improve greatly with age.

In 1955 the wines of St-Émilion were first classified. This was comprehensively undertaken with more seriousness than humility. A Grand Cru wine, for example, is of no great distinction. Grand Cru Classé wines are where they start to get good, and Premier Grand Cru Classé (itself split into two strata of quality) is the cream of the crop. Aside from the self-aggrandizement of the system, it is actually rather a good one because every 10 years the châteaux are re-evaluated and promotions and demotions are made. AOC St-Émilion is the very basic appellation.

Lussac, Montagne, Ouisseguin and St-Georges are communes on the northern slopes of St-Émilion and can attach that magical name to their appellation (i.e. Lussac-St-Émilion). The quality is considered to be inferior to St-Émilion, but the prices can be appealing.

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  1. Château Beausejour Duffau, Saint-Emilion

    Château Beausejour Duffau, Saint-Emilion, 2002 75cl

    An excellent example of how a St Emilion can develop when allowed time to bottle age. The calssic aromas of plum and black fruit are joined by savoury, gamey note. The tannins are soft and luxurious and the finish is long and complex.

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  2. Chateau l'Arrosee, Saint-Emilion

    Chateau l'Arrosee Grand Cru, Saint-Emilion, 2007 75cl

    A soft, plummy St Emilion which has a medium body and pleasent, velvety tannins. A superb food wine.

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  3. Chateau la Serre Grand Cru Classé, Saint-Émilion

    Chateau la Serre Grand Cru Classé, Saint-Émilion, 2008 75cl

    This is a deliciously approachable wine which is drinking beautifully now but will continue to develop if you wish to hold onto it for a little longer. Ruby in color with a slight hint of garnet red, this wine is packed with soft red berry and bramble fruit flavors and just a suggestion of licorice intermingled with cassis. The finish is long and complex with penetrating depth of flavour.

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  4. Château Puy Blanquet, Saint-Émilion

    Château Puy Blanquet, Saint-Émilion, 2011 75cl

    This is a soft well made wine. This wine has a wonderfully fruity aroma of dried prunes and raisins, firm on the palate with a long slightly drying finish.

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  5. Château Jean Voisin Fagouet, Grand Cru Saint-Émilion

    Château Jean Voisin Fagouet, Grand Cru Saint-Émilion, 2012 75cl

    Expressive red fruits complement a brick/ruby colour and fine tannin gives a lingering finish of vanillin and blueberry fruit. Well balanced.

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  6. Saint Émilion Private Reserve, 2012

    Saint Émilion Private Reserve, 2012 75cl

    Bags of charm and plenty of fruit flavour are balanced with freshness and supple tannins making this suitable for drinking whilst young. The fruit is mostly cherry and blackcurrant supported by hints of spice with a smooth finish.

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  7. Château Tour Bel Air, Montagne-Saint-Émilion

    Château Tour Bel Air, Montagne-Saint-Émilion, 2014 75cl

    The high Merlot content of this wine aids its soft and approachable character. Plummy fruit, with hints of darker berry are well balanced by supple tannin, the finish has hints of leather and earth.

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