Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, the town of Saint-Emilion, partially surrounded by medieval ramparts, rises over an ocean of vineyards and prestigious châteaux.
The eye will be delighted by the beautiful landscape formed by the medieval atmosphere and the charming narrow streets. The palate will be delighted by the royal bouquet of the exceptional Merlot and Cabernet Franc of Saint-Emilion, also named the right bank.
Underground quarrying for the beautiful stone to construct Bordeaux has produced during several centuries a network of caverns. The intimate connection between the mystery of these vaults and the architectural heritage they engendered demonstrates the link between the stone and wines of this region.
Saint-Emilion also covers a beautiful variety of soils and subsoils which have divided the region into a couple of districts: the Côtes of Saint-Emilion formed by the clay & limestone slopes, the Plateau of Saint-Emilion and the Valley, which is formed by some shallow sandy soils together with gravel close to the border with Pomerol.
On the Côtes of Saint-Emilion south-facing slopes flank the southwestern tip of the town, going from the former Chateau Tertre Daugay (now Chateau Quintus) via the Chateaux Pavie, Pavie Decesse, Chateau Larcis Ducasse, up to the magnificent and unique Chateau Tertre Roteboeuf. The latter, together with Chateau Valandraud, has contributed to the reputation of these microcuvées wines, also named garage-wines.
Amongst over eight hundred Châteaux nestled in the Saint Emilion region, the unpronounceable name of Château Tertre Roteboeuf, but also Chateau Cheval Blanc, Chateau Beausejour-Becot, Chateau Troplong-Mondot, Chateau Ausone, Chateau Figeac, Chateau Angélus, Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere, or Château Canon have to be mentioned here.