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Course: Bordeaux

Class 3: Beyond the Médoc


St.-Emilion is located on the Right Bank, immediately south of Pomerol.

Wall-to-wall vineyards surround the medieval hillside town of St.-Émilion, perhaps the most picturesque village in Bordeaux.

St.-Émilion is also the Right Bank's largest producer. With more than 13,000 acres of vineyards, the appellation produces more wine than St.-Estèphe, Pauillac, St.-Julien and Margaux combined.



The climate on the Right Bank, including that in St.-Émilion, is more continental than it is on the Left Bank.

This means that temperatures are more extreme—summers are hotter and winters are colder. There's also a greater diurnal shift.



Due to erosion, the soils and topography are quite varied. They are divided into three main areas:

  1. The Graves is the name for the gravel and limestone...

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