Near St Emilion is the boutique Puisseguin Hotel Château Fleur de Roques on a wine domaine in the Puisseguin (33 Gironde, Nouvelle Aquitaine)
Château Fleur de Roques is an elegant 16th century building with summer pool, garden, terrace, conference room, billiards room and restaurant. A wine property nestling in the heart of the vineyards, with its own vines yet within 10 minutes of Saint-Emilion, Pomerol, Libourne and Castillon la Bataille. The Chateau Fleur de Roques offers 17 relaxing and spacious rooms in a unique and authentic setting.
Puisseguin-Saint-Emilion AOC is one of the satellite appellations of Saint Emilion located to the northeast of Saint-Émilion on the right bank of the Barbanne river, and produces only red wines, where Merlot dominates , but Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Côt grapes can be added. The two cuvées here are :
Petite Fleur : 100% Merlot, this wine without wood aging emphasizes the freshness of the fruit
Fleur de Roques 100% Merlot, our great wine matures 12 months in the barrel
The Chateau offers wine tastings and a tour of the vineyard and cellars.
For more info on this Puisseguin Hotel see Château Fleur de Roques
Of all the satellite appellations of Saint Emilion, Puisseguin-Saint-Emilion has the strictest laws regarding the production of wine. The grape varieties permitted here are Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot is predominant, most often partnered with Cabernet Franc (known here as ‘Bouchet’). Cabernet Sauvignon is much less commonly planted in the cooler soils of the Saint-Emilion area in general, and only produces wines of reliable quality in very specific spots. The prevalence of Merlot (an early flowering variety) means that the appellation is susceptible to spring frosts and can lose the majority of its output in a cold year.
To qualify for the Puisseguin-Saint-Emilion appellation, wines must contain a minimum of 11% alcohol and come from vineyards planted to a density of less than 5500 vines per hectare. Wines made from hybrid vines or those under three years old do not qualify.
The four Saint-Emilion satellites are Saint-Georges-Saint-Emilion, Montagne-Saint-Emilion, Lussac-Saint-Emilion and Puisseguin-Saint-Emilion itself – all located to the north of Saint-Emilion town. They are known as satellites because the area’s more prestigious wine estates historically resented these supposedly inferior wines using the Saint-Emilion name. In the middle of the 20th century, several boundaries were changed and the villages of Lussac, Montagne, Puisseguin and Saint-Georges were granted their own independent Saint-Emilion appellations.