The outlying areas of the famed town and wine-growing region of Saint-Emilion on the Right Bank produce excellent wines. They are meaty, elegant and firm in their texture. It is surprising that they are not talked about more on the world stage. Their producers are the hard-working artisans of Bordeaux. Take advantage of what they have to offer before someone does a full cover story about them! Wines from Saint-Emilion have a smoother profile and merit to be discovered, as they can represent excellent value to the discriminating connoisseur.
The soils on the Right Bank are heavier and denser than other areas in Bordeaux, consisting mainly of sand and clay. They lend themselves to Merlot, which also benefits from the cooler climate of the Right Bank. Cabernet does better in the Médoc on the Left Bank with its warmer climate and well-drained soil.
Pairing: Roasted meats, BBQ pork, light game, wild mushroom risotto, black truffles, black beans, grilled sausage.
History of St. Emilion:
Saint Emilion could be the oldest active wine producing appellation in the Bordeaux region with a history that dates back to the times of the ancient Romans. Numerous Roman ruins are scattered all over the St. Emilion appellation.
While St. Emilion claims credit for the being the home of the famous Roman poet and wine lover, Decimus Magnus Ausonius, (who served as the inspiration for the name of the now famous, Chateau Ausone) the area takes its name from a Benedictine Monk who was known as Emilian
Emilian lived in the area and is responsible for starting to create the uniquely designed, limestone church that is central the village of St. Emilion. Today, the village of St. Emilion is a protected, Unesco, world heritage site. St. Emilion also lays claim to having the oldest, wine society in France.
Bordeaux is the undisputed king of red wine. This region has been cultivating vines for more than 2,000 years and has perhaps the highest reputation for fine wines in the entire world.
Red Bordeaux wines are elegantly styled with firm tannin levels that develop a characteristic softness and subtlety with age. Their age worthiness makes them ideal wines for collecting and cellaring.
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