France: Bordeaux

Saint Emilion and area

Saint Emilion, its satellites and Côtes de Castillon and Francs
By Jane Anson

This Guide was last updated on 22 March 2010
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Main grape varieties


This is the principle grape variety here accounting for around 65% of the vineyard plantings. It thrives better on these soils which have a higher clay content than their neighbours on the left bank. Produces supple wines that develop earlier.

Cabernet Franc
Often called Bouchet, it is a lighter and less intense version of Cabernet Sauvignon and gives the wines finesse.

Cabernet Sauvignon
This grape is added to the red blends, but has a less important role here. It can be difficult to ripen on these cooler, damper soils.

Used as a blending ingredient but sparingly.


Sauvignon Blanc
Main grape for the dry white wines.

Used in white wine blends, both sweet and dry.

Used as a blending ingredient, but sparingly.

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