Last month we started to talk about the Bordeaux Right Bank. Let us firstly look at the region of Saint Emilion.
The St. Emilion is situated in the Libournais area of Bordeaux, a few miles north of the River Dordogne.
- We have clay and chalky soil in this region.
- It is less influenced by the moderating effect of the sea, like the Medoc.
- Also, the clay soil is not favourable to the vines of Cabernet Sauvignon as in the Medoc region of the Left Bank
- Merlot, and Cabernet Franc are mostly planted in St. Emilion
- Predominantly, Merlot is used to make the wines except Chateau Cheval Blanc (over 60% Cab.Franc) and Chateau Figeac(equal mixture of Merlot, Cab.Franc and Cab.Sauvignon)
The Style of Wines
- Generally speaking, people describe the St. Emilion wines as more silky and easy going, due to the less severe tannins present
- Having said that, some of the great wines like Angelus, Canon can be rather overwhelming
The St. Emilion Classification
- The classification was officially started in 1955
- Unlike the Medoc Classification, this has been periodically updated in 1996, 2006, and 2012
The Premier Grand Cru Classe 1A
- These wines are considered to be supreme, with some earning full marks from time to time
- Angelus, Ausone, Cheval Blanc, Pavie are the 4 of them
The Premier Grand Cru Classe 1B
- There are 14 of them, also with high quality and recognition
- The more famous ones include Canon, Figeac, Troplong Mondot, La Gaffeliere, Clos Fourtet, Belair-Monange(formerly named Magdelaine)
The Grand Cru Classe
- There are 63 of them, with quality that is noticeably better than the mere Grand Cru
- Some well-known chateaux are Monbousquet, Clos de l’Oratoire, Larose
Many of the above-mentioned wines are capable of long period ageing. Friends of K-Cellars may want to buy and keep them with us for future enjoyment!