Introduction to Saint Emilion

Chateau Monlot - Saint Emilion

The Gironde Estuary is formed by the joining of the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers, and naturally divides the Bordeaux wine region into two sides, creating a Left Bank area featuring Médoc and Graves wines, and the Right Bank featuring Bourg, Blaye, and Libournais wines. Found within the Libournais region is the Saint Emilion appellation.

In 1955, the wine syndicate of Saint Emilion requested their own classification from the Institut National des Appellations d’Origine (INAO). According to this classification Saint Emilion wines are divided into “Premier grand cru classé” and “Grand Cru classé” and wines.

Saint Emilion is Bordeaux’s treasured wine region, accounting for 6% of the total Bordeaux vineyard, and is one of the oldest vineyard regions of the Bordeaux area. The entire jurisdiction of Saint Emilion became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. The region has become a “must see” destination for wine amateurs across the globe, and Château Monlot is situated at the heart of this magnificent area. The town not only has the famous red wine, but also features an ancient medieval castle and a Romanesque church which add a certain antique charm to the village.

Saint Emilion features three distinct topographical divisions: hills, plateaus and flat, alluvial plains. Château Monlot is located in the hilly area, which is representative of Grand Cru wines, and helps distinguish it from amongst other wines.