Definition - What does Saint-Emilion mean?
Saint-Emilion is the primary wine region of Bordeaux, France. Traditional wines from this region are made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The region is known more famously from the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855 when French wines were classified by order of Napoleon Bonaparte based Cru designation based on their reputation and popularity.
It is one of the most recognized regions of the Old World wines and one of the first to internationally export wines.
WineFrog explains Saint-Emilion
St-Émilion is part of the larger wine region of Bordeaux in France. Its winemaking traditions officially date back to the 12th century. However, Roman winemaking tool artifacts have been found in the area dating back much further in history.
Wines from this region are highly prized and reputed for their quality, tradition and age-ability. These wines rank among some of the most expensive in the world and are sought after worldwide by collectors. Wines from this region are made from the red varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Other blending grapes are Malbec and Petit Verdot. White wines are also produced here made from Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.
St-Émilion is an important region to France thanks to its river systems from the Garonne and Gironde. These river systems are what allowed Bordeaux to expand in trading wines internationally as early as the 12th century, especially with the royalty of England.