Saint-Émilion is situated in the South West of France on the right bank of the Dordogne in the Bordeaux wine region. It's wines, in the classic right bank style, are predominantly Merlot-based with some Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

The soils of Saint-Émilion do vary with the area along the river being alluvial sand while the bulk of the region's soil is limestone. Saint-Émilion's red wines are famous for being smooth and fruity in character.

In 1955 Saint-Émilion began a classification system for it's wines consisting of two tiers - Premier Grand Cru Classé and the still good, but not exceptional Grand Cru Classé The Saint-Émilion classification system is revisited and updated every ten years, currently, as of the 2012 update, there are four Premier Grand Cru Classé rated estates - Château Angélus, Château Ausone, Château Cheval Blanc and Château Pavie.


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