Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE - ANDY CRON­SHAW

FOR a wine nerd like me, the dis­trict of Saint Émil­ion in Bordeaux is one of the most in­ter­est­ing, not least be­cause of its rest­less, ever-chang­ing na­ture.

This also makes it one of those prob­lem­atic ap­pel­la­tions which can be very con­fus­ing for the wine buyer.

It can be even more be­wil­der­ing than many of France’s other clas­si­fi­ca­tions such as Bur­gundy where the names of wines have de­vel­oped over the years into a com­plex mix­ture of com­mune and vil­lages ti­tles.

Saint Émil­ion, uniquely, is a clas­si­fi­ca­tion based on a num­ber of prop­er­ties which is re­vised ev­ery eight to 10 years through tast­ings.

What is per­haps most mis­lead­ing about Saint Émil­ion is that hun­dreds

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