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
To explore this Wine Travel Guide, select from the menu on the left

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.

This information is provided free of charge, however it is strictly the copyright of Wine Travel Guides and its contributors. We try to do our best in keeping our guides and information up-to-date and accurate, but if you notice any mistakes, please contact us. Note that we take no responsibility for any inaccuracies. Thanks for your respect and understanding. For full details see our Terms and Conditions.