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Wines from Saint Emilion Satellites

Discover wines from the hills just outside the historic centre of Saint Émilion. The Satellites of Saint Émilion offer similar grape varieties, climate and soil as those of Saint Émilion. The wines from our producers can match the quality of their more expensive neighbours, but with a lower price tag. The value for money offered by these wines makes it worth seeking them out.  DiscoverVin have sourced wine from two Saint Émilion satellite appellations:
Montagne-Saint Émilion  • Lussac-Saint Émilion  1. AOC Lussac-Saint Émilion  Next door to Saint Émilion, with blends typical of Saint Émilion, Lussac-Saint Émilion produces quality fruit driven wines. The wines are similar in style to those from Saint Émilion, refined, velvety and complex. Merlot dominates, but Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec can also be included in blends. Lussac-Saint Émilion’s history dates to Roman times. Its terroir reflects the diversity of the soils in the plateaus, hillsides and valleys of the regi…

Saint Émilion Satellites

Look Beyond the Terracotta Rooftops
Discover wines from the hills just outside the historic centre of Saint Émilion.
This charming region, dominated by historic homes and Romanesque churches has many acres of vines.  The Satellites of Saint Émilion offer similar grape varieties, climate and soil as those of Saint Émilion. The wines from our producers can match the quality of their more expensive neighbours, but with a lower price tag. The value for money offered by these wines makes it worth seeking them out. DiscoverVin have sourced wine from two Saint Émilion satellite appellations Montagne-Saint Émilion and Lussac-Saint Émilion

Remembering Good Vintages with an online vintage chart

How is it that some people seem to so easily remember good vintages and bad vintages in different regions and different countries? I guess for a sommelier in a good restaurant dealing with this everyday its part of the job. Personally I struggle to remember all but the outstanding years. I find it more problematic remembering the average versus the not so good. Or at least to be confident I have got it right. As Bordeaux and the south-west of France are the main regions sold by DiscoverVin I find the vintage ratings in Bordeaux easier to remember, but once I step outside Bordeaux its difficult to remember the good from the bad.


There are now some online resources that are very useful.


Here is a great online resource published by www.erobertparker.com an easy to use vintage chart http://www.erobertparker.com/info/vintagechart.pdf . I have found to be the most comprehensive and easy to use.


Try keeping it in your favorites and next time you are browsing in a wine shop, a menu or online giv…

Gourmet Traveller Wine - Best Buys April/May 2012

DiscoverVin was happy to read the review for 2009 Saint-Albert Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh in the Best Buys over $25 category in the April/May edition of Gourmet Traveller Wine
2009 Saint-Albert Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh, Madiran (France), A$36/500ml
This delicious sweet wine, made from local varieties petit manseng, gros manseng, courbu and arrufiac in the Madiran region of southern France, tastes a bit like a Jurançon and is similarly produced from naturally dried rather than botrytis-affected fruit. It has an exuberant peachy aroma, not as complex as a botrytis wine perhaps but with a controlled sugar-level and lip-smacking, more-ish, bitter citrus-peel flavour. It’s not ‘sticky’, hence you can drink more of it without feeling over-loaded. HH


It is a pleasure to bring this wine to Australia. We first tasted it in Paris when we were living in Bordeaux. We ducked into a wine shop to buy something to go with a raspberry and cream birthday cake. The owner suggested this wine, over and above…