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Saint-Julien AOC

On the left bank of the Gironde between Margaux and Pauillac lies the Saint-Julien appellation. The commune of Saint-Julien has exceptional terroirs, characterised by gentle undulations. Combined with gravel soils, these slopes ensure good rainwater drainage. The appellation produces exclusively a great red wine based on Cabernet Sauvignon and supplemented by Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Saint-Julien is a round, powerful wine, tannic but with a silky texture after years of ageing. It offers an intense and complex aromatic palette characterised by its dense ruby colour. It is not surprising to find here some of the most famous wines, such as Château Talbot, Château de Beychevelle, Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, Château Léoville-las-Cases and Château Langoa-Barton.

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RED WINE

Appearance: The colour is a deep, dark ruby when young. Ten or twelve years after the harvest, it continues to with its dark, almost black appearance.

Nose: A very complex bouquet. Violet flowers blend with aromas of blueberry, blackberry, morello cherry, prune, tobacco, cocoa, vanilla and caramel. With age, scents of game meat, black truffle or leather appear.

Palate: Sap and elegance. Firm and powerful, the tannins indicate a beneficial evolution of the wine over time. This great Bordeaux wine has a tightly woven structure and great concentration, all within a velvety, enveloping texture. Notes of blueberry, blackcurrant, blackberry, prune, tobacco and liquorice dominate before revealing a hint of leather, fur and truffle as it ages. All of this is enhanced by beautiful toasted notes. With time, it reaches an exceptional level of aromatic subtlety, still supported by a beautiful tannic structure.

Ageing potential: Not to be drunk too young, from 10 or 12 years and up to 20 years and more. The harmony of this great wine is confirmed with age. It is a wine that should be forgotten in the cellar in favour of a slow evolution, which will only make it better.


FOOD AND WINE PAIRING

red wine

RED WINE

It is a perfect wine for very fine pieces of red meat. It is also suitable for small game birds and cheeses of character.


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Saint-Julien: Bordeaux Fine Wine

Composed of six sub-regions, the Bordeaux vineyard covers a vast territory of more than 120,000 hectares located on both sides of the Garonne River. It is the largest vineyard in France! This land of grands crus has 60 appellations. The sub-regions are divided as follows:

Left bank:

  • MĂ©doc: Saint-Julien AOC, Pauillac AOC, Saint Estèphe AOC, Margaux AOC
  • Graves: Graves AOC
  • Sauternes: Sauternes AOC

Right bank:

  • Blaye and Bourg: Blaye AOC, CĂ´tes de Blaye AOC, CĂ´tes-de-Bordeaux AOC
  • Libourne: Saint Émilion AOC, Fronsac AOC, Pomerol AOC

Between the two:

  • Entre-deux-Mers AOC

These highly prestigious appellations are internationally renowned, notably thanks to the grands crus classés; a classification that dates back to 1855. It was the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce that asked the brokers' unions to draw up a list of the best wines of Bordeaux, classifying them by châteaux. They are classified in five categories, from premier cru classé to cinquième cru classé. Some of these crus were not included in the list, which led the estates to create their own classification much later... This is the case of Saint Emilion which is revised every ten years.

The position of Saint-Julien makes it the geographical centre of the Médoc, halfway between Margaux and Saint Estèphe. Châteaux grands crus classés are highly prized and almost inaccessible. This is why it is an incredible opportunity to acquire Saint-Julien Grands Crus. The luckiest person will be the one who can let these rare wines wait for many years in the cellar.

A completeness between the major Bordeaux appellations

Saint-Julien AOC wines have the reputation of combining the power and sap of the wines of the northern communal appellations, such as Saint Estèphe and Pauillac, with the great finesse and exceptional ageing capacity of Margaux.

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