Saint-Julien is known above all for the remarkable consistency of its vineyard, located in the commune’s center.
This forms a rectangle about 5 km long and 3.5 km wide, made up of Garonne gravel outcrops dating from the early Quaternary. At the western end, the soil has less gravel and more sand as the vineyard nears the forest.
Thanks to its topography and soil structure, Saint Julien’s terroir is very well drained and perfectly suited to wine-growing.
It is not surprising, then, to find in this appellation five Second Growths classified in 1855, including Léoville Las-Cases and Ducru Beaucaillou, and six other classified growths including Château Beychevelle and Chateau Talbot. Between them, these eleven crus account between them for eighty percent of Saint-Julien’s wine production! Châteaux Moulin de la Rose, de la Bridane, and Gloria are among the Crus Bourgeois that add to the AOC’s fame.
Saint-Julien-Beychevelle was the first Bordeaux commune to enter its wines in a tasting, first held in 1973, which could earn them a diploma. Saint-Julien AOC wines stand out for their beautiful color, their body, the richness of their fruit, and above all for their characteristic nose: suave and harmonious, with exquisite finesse. Some say that Saint-Julien wines represent the middle ground between the characters of Margaux and Pauillac wines: this is undoubtedly true and is mainly due to the nature of Saint-Julien’s subsoil. Like all great Médoc wines, these wines are long lived, and age enhances their quality.
Sainte-Croix-du-Mont (A.O.C.) Bordeaux Wine
A picturesque site and an exceptional terroir for the production of great sweet white wines. For the visitor this region is one of the most agreeable in Bordeaux. Its glorious vineyards produce incomparable wines, each with its own qualities.
An integrated collection of vineyards growing on hillsides that are often steep, makes up the Sainte-Croix-du-Mont wine-growing area. The nature of the soil and the grape varieties planted, along with the same harvest and vinification techniques used in Sauternes, allow the region to produce— weather permitting—first-rate sweet white wines. Sainte-Croix-du-Mont wines have a sweetness, fruit, vigor, and elegance which could satisfy the most discerning and delicate palate. Their quality varies, of course, depending on the care that goes into the growing and, even more importantly, the harvest and vinification. As with all sweet wines, age amplifies their nose and flavor. Among the châteaux that hold the most promise for wine-lovers are La Rame, Bel Air, and des Mailles.
White wines produced in the Sainte-Croix-du-Mont appellation area are currently entitled only to the Bordeaux Supérieur or Bordeaux AOC, even though this region is within the area defined by the Premières Côtes de Bordeaux.