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Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux

saint_emilion_logoSaint-Emilion has to be the most attractive and historic wine village in the whole of Bordeaux (33 Gironde, Nouvelle Aquitaine) with its dramatic position and medieval centre. It has a rich history and traditions including the formal celebrations at the beginning and end of the grape harvest – Fête de Printemps (Spring Festival) in June and Ban des Vendanges (Vintage Festival) in September every year under the auspices of the Jurade de Saint-Emilion, the local wine guild. Saint-Emilion  is registered as a world heritage site  by UNESCO.

The wines here are usually  dominated by the Merlot grape (60%), Cabernet Franc (30%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (10%) – hence although part of the Bordeaux appellation they are quite distinctive in character as most of Bordeaux favours the Cabernet Sauvignon grape as the predominant varietal. St Emilion wines tend top age well, and can command very high prices – although there is plenty of more affordable wine available. The wines  can be a bit to0 tannic when young. The appellation of Saint Emilion has over 100 chateaux, many of which welcome visitors for a tasting.maison_st_emilion

See the offical website and visit the Maison des Vins de St Emilion

For good advice and some organised visits see the official tourist office at www.saint-emilion-tourisme.com

For a quieter stay outside the inevitably busy town, you could try 18th Century mansion of Chateau Latour Ségur at Lussac, which offers suites and a Spa in luxurious surroundings, with pool and hot tub etc – about 9km north-east.

The town lies some 35km east of Bordeaux city and a little further from Bordeaux(Merignac) international airport.


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Hotels and other accommodation in and around St Emilion  including hotels, B&Bs and self-catering including

By train to Bordeaux (from London or Paris) TGV