Saint-Émilion AOC



  • a famous appellation centred on the village of Saint-Émilion in the Bordeaux region of southwestern France. Located on the eastern side (the right bank) of the Dordogne river, it grows Merlot grapes, along with some Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, to produce very good red wines. The classification of 1855 did not cover Saint-Émilion, and it was not until a hundred years later, 1955, that it began its own listings, grading the hundreds of estates into premiers crus, grands crus classés or grands crus; below this, wines that do not reach the grand cru level can be graded as Saint-Émilion AOC, and below this level as Bordeaux supérieur AOC or plain Bordeaux AOC.