Saint-Émilion, situated in the Bordeaux region of France is one of the finest winemaking regions on the face of the earth. In fact, it’s recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Home to some of the most expensive wines on the market, Saint-Émilion is a haven for wine lovers.
Soil & Climate
The combination of soil variety and the micro-climate instantly give the wines of Saint-Émilion their distinctive flavour and character. With rainfall distributed throughout the year and only a moderate temperature differential between the summer and winter, it’s almost a perfect recipe for outstanding wine production.
The vines of Saint-Émilion account for 6% of total Bordeaux vineyards. ]Many grapes are planted in the area, however it’s widely known for Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot – a silky variety flourishes in Saint-Émilion, with an aromatic complexity with rounded blackberry and red cherry flavours.
Saint-Émilion is a region that perfectly balances tradition with innovation. Packed full of winemakers who are emotionally invested in every single drop produced. Saint-Émilion was the first region to implement quality control by tasting in 1950. A production audit of both vineyard and warehouse is conducted every 5 years, with all the individual wines being tested before bottling on a yearly basis. This ensures that the quality never dips, and encourages winemakers to continue to strive for excellence at every turn.
Winemaking is a year round business with careful tending and pruning leading to perfectly ripe yields. Only the finest grapes make the cut, and they are carefully transported to the winery for the next steps. All of this results in some of the most delicious wines on the planet and some of the most expensive as well.