Definition - What does Saint-Emillion mean?
Saint-Emilion is one of the most recognized wine regions of France. The wines from this region are often blends of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon and are prized for their characteristics of terroir and balanced tannin structure.
When compared with other Old World wines, Saint-Emilion wines are full-bodied, rich in character and highly praised for their ability to bottle age for lengthy periods in a cellar.
WineFrog explains Saint-Emillion
Wines from Saint Emilion are known for showcasing the characteristics the grapes draw from the soils and surrounding land where they are cultivated, a concept the wine industry refers to as terroir.
The result of the wines vary according to their respective terroir and climate. However, in comparison with other wines of Europe, the wines of Saint-Emilion are considered full-bodied. In their youth, they may be considered bold or harsh due to typically young characteristics of their wines made from any or a combination of the following grapes; Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. However, it is due to these characteristics that the wines from this appellation are highly sought after by collectors, as they have aging potential.
These wines are often paired with aged cuts of red meat and venison.