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St-Émilion

Marked by its historic fortified village—perhaps the prettiest in all of Bordeaux...

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Marked by its historic fortified village—perhaps the prettiest in all of Bordeaux, the St-Émilion appellation, along with its neighboring village of Pomerol, are leaders in quality on the Right Bank of Bordeaux. These Merlot-dominant red wines (complemented by various amounts of Cabernet Franc and/or Cabernet Sauvignon) remain some of the most admired and collected wines of the world.

St-Émilion has the longest history in wine production in Bordeaux—longer than the Left Bank—dating back to an 8th century monk named Saint Émilion who became a hermit in one of the many limestone caves scattered throughout the area.

Today St-Émilion is made up of hundreds of independent farmers dedicated to the same thing: growing Merlot and Cabernet Franc (and tiny amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon). While always roughly the same blend, the wines of St-Émilion vary considerably depending on the soil upon which they are grown—and the soils do vary considerably throughout the region.

The chateaux with the highest classification (Premier Grand Cru Classés) are on gravel-rich soils or steep, clay-limestone hillsides. There are only four given the highest rank, called Premier Grand Cru Classés A (Chateau Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Angélus, Pavie) and 14 are Premier Grand Cru Classés B. Much of the rest of the vineyards in the appellation are on flatter land where the soils are a mix of gravel, sand and alluvial matter.

Great wines from St-Émilion will be deep in color, and might have characteristics of blackberry liqueur, black raspberry, licorice, chocolate, grilled meat, earth or truffles. They will be bold, layered and lush.

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    Chateau Haut-Corbin (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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    Chateau Troplong Mondot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
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    Chateau Bellevue (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
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    Chateau La Couspaude (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
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    Chateau Cap De Mourlin Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
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    Chateau Barde Haut (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
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    Chateau Pipeau (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
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    Chateau Pavie (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
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    Chateau Monbousquet (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
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    Chateau Cheval Blanc Le Petit Cheval (3 Liter Bottle) 2005
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    Chateau Bellevue Mondotte (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
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    Chateau Barde Haut (5 Liter Bottle) 2005
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    Chateau Cheval Blanc (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
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    Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
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    Chateau Pavie (3 Liter Bottle) 2005
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    Chateau Pavie Macquin (1.5L Magnum) 2005
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    Chateau Valandraud (3 Liter Bottle) 2005
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    Chateau Pavie Macquin (3 Liter Bottle) 2005
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    Chateau Pavie (6 Liter Bottle) 2005
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    Chateau Barde Haut (3 Liter Bottle) 2005
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    Chateau Quinault l'Enclos (3 Liter Bottle) 2005
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    Chateau Peby Faugeres (3 Liter Bottle) 2005
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    Chateau Larcis-Ducasse (3 Liter Bottle) 2005
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