Bordeaux Wines and Wine Appellations: From Saint-Emilion to Saint-Julien

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Saint-Emilion
The Saint-Emilion AOC is contained within the Libournais AOC district of Bordeaux. This is great wine country, especially for Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Saint-Emilion introduced its own classification system in 1955 that has been reviewed on several occasions. All Saint-Emilion AOC may be labeled as Grand Cru. These red wines may be cellared for 6 to 12 years except for the best ones that may be cellared for 12 to 35 years.

Saint-Estephe Vineyards

Saint-Estephe Vineyards

Saint-Estephe
Saint-Estephe AOC is a small area contained within the Haut-Medoc AOC district of Bordeaux. These reds are full-bodied and powerful. Given the less gravelly soil than its neighbor Pauillac, Saint-Estephe wines are often based on Merlot. The cru classés may be cellared for 8 to 25 years, the others for 5 to 12 years.

Sainte-Foy-Bordeaux
Sainte-Foy-Bordeaux AOC wines are found in the eastern part of the Entre-Deux-Mers wine district between the Dordogne and the Garonne Rivers. These medium-bodied reds may be cellared for 3 to 7 years. The whites may be semisweet or dry, the drys tend to be better. Pedestrian grapes such as Colombard are allowed. They may be cellared for 1 to 3 years.

Saint-Georges-Saint-Emilion
Saint-Georges-Saint-Emilion AOC wines come from a small area within the Libournaisdistrict on the right bank of the Dordogne district. These plummy, spicy reds may be cellared for 5 to 15 years.

Saint-Julien
Saint-Julien AOC red wines come from a small area contained within the Haut-Medoc AOC district of Bordeaux. Almost half of this area is devoted to grapevines. While there are no first-growth chateaux, the crus classés make up three-quarters of these wines. These crus classés may be cellared for 6 to 20 years, the others for 5 to 12 years.


      
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