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The Puisseguin-Saint-Emilion appellation is a wine sub-region of the Saint-Emilion wine area and is part of the Libournais wine region. It is the easternmost common wine area. Bordering Côtes-de-Castillon, Puisseguin-Saint-Emilion is opposite the plateau of Saint-Emilion, Southwest France. The appellation covers about 7.6 square kilometers and produces around 3,600,000 liters of red wines annually.
The vineyard is planted on soils sometimes challenging to exploit, composed of clay-limestone and limestone resting on a stone base.
Puisseguin-Saint-Emilion produces wines mainly made from Merlot (80%) blended with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec. Their material is mellow, fleshy, and tasty with a tannic power. They are full-bodied wines, often of good aging.
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A part of the important features of Puisseguin Saint-Émilion appellation for red wines are as follows:
- Soil: mixture of clay and limestone.
- Taste: Fleshy and pulpy texture that is nevertheless not heavy, delicate tannins.
- Wine color: red.
- Aromas: Red berries (strawberry, raspberry) and stone fruit (plum, prune), touches of mint, fig, currant, licorice, and even sweet spices.
- Aging potential: 5 – 10 years.
- Serving temperature: 15 to 17° C
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