Saint-Georges-Saint-Émilion appellation is a part of the Saint-Emilion appellation and is a division in the Libournais region on the Right-Bank wine area. Saint-Georges is a village which is a few kilometers far from the north of Saint-Émilion town. Its vineyards lie just to the south of the village and expand to the south toward the Barbanne river. It is separated from the Saint-Emilion plateau by the Barbanne river, the appellation covers just two square kilometers and produces around 900000 liters of red wines, annually.
It was granted AOC status on 14 November 1936.
The soil type of this AOC is exclusively clay-limestone and the main grape varieties are Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Saint-Georges-Saint-Émilion only produces red wine. Merlot retains a dominant position as it represents 75% of the grape varieties for this wine sub-region.
A part of important features of Saint-Georges-Saint-Émilion appellation for red wines are as follows:
- Soil: Clay and limestone.
- Taste: Tannic and powerful, somewhat austere when young.
- Wine color: red.
- Aromas: Fruity, with berry and stone fruit notes and spices for a young wine.
- Aging potential: 5 – 10 years.
- Serving temperature: 15 to 17° C