|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Bernard Lauret|
|• Land1||27.02 km2 (10.43 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||75/km2 (190/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||33394 / 33330|
|Elevation||3–107 m (9.8–351.0 ft)
(avg. 23 m or 75 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
|Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion|
|Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List|
|Inscription||1999 (23rd Session)|
The town was named after the monk Émilion, a travelling confessor, who settled in a hermitage carved into the rock there in the 8th century. It was the monks who followed him that started up the commercial wine production in the area.
Saint-Émilion is one of the principal red wine areas of Bordeaux along with the Médoc, Graves and Pomerol. The region is much smaller than the Médoc and adjoins Pomerol. As in Pomerol and the other appellations on the right bank of the Gironde, the primary grape varieties used are the Merlot and Cabernet Franc, with relatively small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon also being used by some chateaux.
Château Ausone and Château Cheval Blanc are the only two wines currently classified as Premiers grands crus classes A (First Great Growths category A). There are then 13 Premiers grands crus classés B and 53 grands crus classés. In addition, a large number of vineyards are classified as Grand Cru.
- Cordeliers Cloister
- Bordeaux wine
- French wine
- Plan Bordeaux
- Bordeaux wine regions
- Classification of Saint-Émilion wine
- Communes of the Gironde department
- Media related to Saint-Émilion at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website
- Saint-Émilion tourist office website
- aerial photography of the Saint-Émilion and Aquitaine area
- Cash-strapped French wine town Saint Emilion sells off historical monument RFI English