Six satellite villages that once sold their wines under the Saint Émilion AOC surround Saint Émilion. Of these villages, four now add Saint Émilion to their names to form the Saint Émilion satellites. They are separated from Saint Émilion by the Barbanne River (more like a creek), an ancient frontier between those in the south who spoke the Langue d’Oc and those in the north who spoke the Langue d’Oil. Wines from these lesser-known regions produce some interesting wines at a fraction of the cost of their more famous neighbours.
Lussac-Saint Emilion’s history dates to Roman times. Its terroir is varied with clay soils in the north, clay-limestone soils in the southeast.
Lussac Saint Émilion is a northerly “satellite” appellation of Saint Émilion on the right bank of Bordeaux. The combination of Merlot dominating Cabernet Franc is distinctive of this appellation. Cabernet Sauvignon is much less commonly planted as the soils of this area are thought to be more suited to merlot and cabernet franc.
This is a good value drinkable Bordeaux from a highly regarded vintage. In the great vintages such as 2010, there is often value to be found amongst small producers such as this. This generous wine is a good example of the type of value for money wines that DiscoverVin is trying to bring downunder.
And here is the review by Winsor Dobbins:
SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2012