Montagne Saint-Émilion appellation is a division of the Saint-Emilion appellation and is part of the Libournais region. It is located in the extension of the vineyards of Saint-Emilion to the north, on the Right-Bank of the Dordogne river. The town of Saint-Emilion is located in the heart of the wine area. The variety of the terroirs of Montagne-Saint-Emilion is reflected in the wines.
The grape varieties in this wine sub-region is consist of merlot, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon. It is producing the red wines. The climate of this wine region is oceanic temperate continental influence.
In the center of the appellation area, a limestone plateau with asteria, on which limestone and clay-limestone soils have developed. Around the plateau, northeast and southeast, at the foot of the hill, the molasse of Fronsadais outcrops, soils are sandy-loamy, sand-clay. To the west, on the edge of the Lalande – de – Pomerol appellation, on the quaternary alluvial deposits of the Isle terraces, sandy – clayey and sandy – gravelly soils have developed.
Montagne Saint-Émilion was granted AOC status on 14 November 1936.
A part of important features of Montagne Saint-Émilion appellation for red wines are as follows:
- Soil: Clay- limestone mixture.
- Taste: Elegant, robust, full-bodied, with good tannic structure.
- Wine color: red.
- Aromas: Intense red berry aroma with undergrowth as well as blackberry and licorice.
- Aging potential: 5 – 10 years.
- Serving temperature: 15 to 17° C