Ample, complex and long-lasting, the precious Saint-Emilion Grand Crus represent the elite of French viticulture.
On the right bank of the Dordogne, in the heart of the Pays de Libourne, the controlled designation of origin Saint-Emilion Grand Cru occupies the same restricted geographical area as that of Saint-Emilion. It is distinguished by more limited yields (only 40 L/ha) and a minimum aging in wood before longer marketing - at least 12 months.
On just over 4,000 ha of limestone soils rich in clay, Merlot dominates the grape varieties. There is also Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, which helps to improve the quality and diversity of the blends used.
This appellation is governed by a classification initiated in 1955 and generally renewed every 10 years (the next revision should take place in 2022). This classification separates the “classic” Grands Crus Classés, Premier Grands Crus Classés B and the elite Premier Grands Crus Classés A (only four estates in the latest classification in 2012)