Bordeaux Wines and Wine Appellations: From Saint-Emilion to Saint-Julien
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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.
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.
wines are found in the eastern part of the
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.
wines come from a small area within
district on the right bank of the Dordogne district.
These plummy, spicy reds may be cellared for 5 to 15 years.
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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