What is it about Bordeaux that I can’t get out of my system? Why do the names of its wine villages and châteaux play like music in my ears? Why is it that the flavour of these wines meanders teasingly through my taste memory wherever I might be, whatever I might be drinking? Why has this place snuggled its way into my soul, and why can’t I cast it out?
Clarke Oz’s poetic questions perfectly explain why Philip Edmundson and Eric Remus chose the region of Bordeaux, and Saint Emilion in particular, to create and promote their exceptional wine.
The Bordeaux region, due to its geographical, geological, and climate conditions, has hosted the birth of many renowned vineyards: the Médoc appellation, for example, on the western coast of the Gironde estuary with prestigious communes such as Margaux, Pauillac, Saint Estèphe and Saint Julien; the Graves de Figeac to the south of the region with their Pessac Léognan and their famous enclave, Sauternes; and, on the right bank, the wines of Fronsac, Pomerol, and Saint Emilion.
Of these regions, Saint Emilion is the oldest. The vineyards of Saint Emilion were established during the Gallo-Roman era and were further developed in the Middle Ages by monastic communities following the monk Emilion. Today, the whole village of St. Emilion is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Saint Emilion appellation extends through nine villages. Despite the greatly diverse terrain, from limestone plateaus to gravely plains, both merlot and cabernet grapes thrive, producing a silky, fruity flavor typical of Saint Emilion red wine.