St. Emilion is the largest of the five main wine-producing areas of BORDEAUX, in south-western France. It produces mainly red wine.
The wines of St. Emilion are, generally, big and full – thus the description some-times accorded them of being the ‘Burgundies’ of Bordeaux. They also mature more quickly than, say, the better MEDOCS – and are very drinkable after four or five years.
St. Emilion wines were classified rather belatedly in the 1950’s and among the wines entitled to call themselves premiers grands cms classes are Chateau Ausone, Chateau Cheval-Blanc, Chateau Belair and Clos Fourtet.
St. Emilions go beautifully with steaks, chops, roasts and stews.