The large Saint-Émilion AOC sits just east of the city of Libourne on the Right Bank. It has its own classification, which started in 1955 and — unlike the Left Bank 1855 classification — is regularly updated.
The Saint-Émilion classification consists of premier grand cru classé A (equivalent to Médoc First Growths); premier grand cru classé B; and grand cru classé. There are also over two hundred other Saint-Émilion wines described as “grand cru”, which are not part of the offficial classification.
Saint-Émilion wines tend to be fruity and fresh compared to the more austere Left Bank wines. As with many Right Bank regions, Merlot tends to dominate Saint-Émilion wines, with Cabernet Franc typically added to impart more texture and complexity.