Saint-Emilion Grand Cru is an Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) for red wine produced in the Bordeaux region of France. The AOC is located in the Saint-Emilion area and the wines are made from a blend of grape varieties, with Merlot being the dominant variety, and also including Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines are known for their rich, full-bodied and complex character, with good ageing potential. The area under cultivation is around 1500 hectares, and it is one of the most famous AOC in the Bordeaux region.
Wines from Saint-Emilion Grand Cru AOC are some of the most sought-after and prestigious wines in the world and are considered to be among the best expressions of Bordeaux. They are typically characterized by a deep ruby colour and aromas of dark fruit and spice, with a firm tannin structure and good acidity that makes them perfect for ageing. The AOC is divided in two categories: “Saint-Emilion Grand Cru” and “Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé”, where the latter is considered to be the highest quality wine and are subject to additional quality control.