Saint Emilion Grand Cru

Saint-Emilion is one of the oldest wine producing regions in Bordeaux. The medieval village of Saint-Emilion was also accepted by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1999 (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Dec 2 1999).

Since Cabernet Sauvignon is ripen too slowly in Saint-Emilion, the major harvests go to Merlot (60% of vines planted) and Cabernet Franc (30% of vines planted).

Curently, only two appellations are available. They are "Saint-Emilion", and "Saint-Emilion Grand Cru", the Great Growth. As of 2006, there are 74 domains are classified as "Saint-Emilion Grands Crus Classé". 15 of them are classified as "Saint-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé", and 59 of the them are classified as "Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé"

Château Ausone
Château Cheval Blanc

Château Angélus
Château Beauséjour (Hér. Duffau-Lagarrosse)
Château Beau-Séjour-Bécot
Château Belair-Monange (ex Château Belair)
Château Canon
Château Figeac
Château La Gaffelière
Château Magdelaine
Château Pavie
Château Pavie Macquin
Château Troplong Mondot
Château Trottevieille
Clos Fourtet

However, there are more than 700 unclassified properties can bear the grand sounding accolade of Grand Cru on the label by keeping their yield below, and alcohol percentage above, i.e. it is much more worth suing for "Grand Cru Classé".

In general, wines from Saint Emilion are considered the most robust wine within the Bordeaux region. They are generous, warm, full-bodied and intensely crimson-coloured.

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Vin de pays

Vin de pays is a French term meaning "country wine".

Vin de pays de L'Herault – Domaine la terrasse d'Elise – XB 2007

Vin de pays d'Oc, Vin de pays d'Aude, Vin de pays de l'Hérault, and Vin de Pays du Gard are the classifications, where the vinyards are producing wine under the less stringent regulations of an AOC in Languedoc (blends of Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, etc)

It is one step above the table wine (Vin de table), and two steps below the Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) in the French wine classifications.

Unlike table wine, which is indicated only as of coming from France, Vin de pays carries a geographic designation of origin.
Vin de pays d'Oc – Domaine de La Clastre

There are six regional Vin de Pays, which cover larger area of France. The most voluminous contributor to this category of wines is Vin de Pays d'Oc is from (1) the Languedoc-Roussillon area in Mediterranean France.

The second largest volume of Vin de Pays wines is produced as (2) Vin de Pays du Jardin de France, a designation that applies to wines from the whole Loire Valley.

The other ones are: (3) Vin de Pays du Comté Tolosan (south-west), (4) Vin de Pays de Méditerranée (south-east, Provence and Corsica) and (5) Vin de Pays des Comtés Rhodaniens (Rhone valley).

Two further regional Vin de Pays designations, Vin de Pays de l'Atlantique (Bordeaux and Charentes (Cognac) and Vin de Pays Vignobles de France (all of wine-making France) were approved by French authorities in 2007, but (together with Vin de Pays de Gaules for the Beaujolais region) remain disputed and as of July 2009, they remained unpublished in the Official Journal of the European Union due to actions taken by other French wine producers.
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