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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When visiting producers in Bordeaux, it’s easy to forget about négociant houses and cooperatives, but both make for fascinating alternatives to the individual producers, and give you a better overview of the market. More and more cooperatives in Bordeaux are grouping together to strengthen their marketing and production power, but Saint Emilion seems to have been pretty successful on its own. A lot of money has been spent here in recent years, and it shows – you will discover a space age winery, and an underground cellar able to hold 4,500 barrels. Their website has a direct sales facility.
Useful information: The oenothèque shop, with tours, is open from Monday to Saturday from 08.30 - 12.00 and 14.00 - 18.00, with wines starting from €5 a bottle. Free tour and tasting. English spoken. Groups welcome (up to 50 people). Interesting presentation of the cooperative system, and the historical background to the Union.
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