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  • Discover the Elegance of Montagne-Saint-Émilion: A Hidden Gem in the Bordeaux Wine Region

    Image of Saint-Emilion illustrating Montagne-Saint-Emilion blog post by Whelehans Wines.


    When you think of the Bordeaux wine region, your mind might naturally drift to the prestigious Saint-Émilion. However, nestled just northeast of this famous appellation lies Montagne-Saint-Émilion, a hidden gem offering some of the most elegant and full-bodied red wines in the area. As a satellite of Saint-Émilion, Montagne-Saint-Émilion holds its own charm and uniqueness, making it a must-explore for wine enthusiasts.

    What Makes Montagne-Saint-Émilion Unique?

    Montagne-Saint-Émilion is an Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) located in the Libourne subregion on the right bank of the Dordogne River. This appellation is dedicated exclusively to the production of red wines, utilising nearly all of the classic Bordeaux grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Côt. Among these, Merlot reigns supreme, often leading to the creation of wines that are both robust and velvety.

    The vineyards of Montagne-Saint-Émilion share the spotlight with its fellow satellites—Lussac-Saint-Émilion, Saint-Georges-Saint-Émilion, and Puisseguin-Saint-Émilion. Together, they form a constellation of viticultural excellence that complements the renowned wines of Saint-Émilion.

    Terroir and Wine Characteristics

    The terroir of Montagne-Saint-Émilion is characterised by its clay and limestone soils, which contribute to the distinctive structure and complexity of its wines. The right bank terroir is especially favorable for growing Merlot, which thrives in these conditions, producing wines that are rich, full-bodied, and intensely flavoured.

    Wines from Montagne-Saint-Émilion are known for their elegance and depth. Expect aromas of dark red fruits such as cherries, blackcurrants, and plums, often accompanied by notes of cedar, leather, and tobacco. On the palate, these wines are medium-bodied and fleshy, with supple tannins and a deliciously ripe fruit character.

    A Closer Look at Chateau Vieux Potana 2019

    At Whelehans Wines, we are proud to offer the exquisite Montagne-Saint-Émilion, Chateau Vieux Potana 2019.

    This family-owned estate benefits from a terroir similar to that of Pomerol, with predominantly clay and gravel soils. The vines here average 35 years of age, contributing to the depth and complexity of the wines produced.

    This wine is a perfect representation of what the appellation has to offer. Aged in oak barrels for two years, Chateau Vieux Potana 2019 boasts a bright ruby colour and a captivating bouquet of floral and savoury aromas. The dark red fruit flavours are beautifully complemented by hints of cedar, leather, and tobacco.

    On the palate, this wine is medium-bodied and generous, featuring a delightful combination of cherries, blackcurrants, and plums. The structure is solid, backed by ripe tannins that provide a satisfying finish. The wine is a testament to the quality and craftsmanship that define Montagne-Saint-Émilion wines.


    Château Vieux Potana, Montagne-Saint-Emilion, 2019

    14,5%, €20

    For those who adore the Saint-Émilion appellation, we are thrilled to offer the magnificent Château Grand Corbin-Despagne, 2018 & 2020. These exceptional wines have been lovingly crafted by the Despagne family for over two centuries, making it a rare and treasured gem in the wine world.

    Spanning 29 hectares, the vineyard is planted with 75% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon, and is located near the Pomerol border. The 2018 vintage has been aged for 18 months in 50% new oak barrels and has earned an impressive 95 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. It boasts a deep garnet-purple hue and is bursting with flavors of baked black cherries, mulberries, and plum preserves, along with subtle notes of rose hips, Marmite toast, and fallen leaves. This full-bodied wine offers a rich and decadent palate, with luscious fruit framed by firm, rounded tannins and vibrant freshness, culminating in a long, satisfying finish.

    We invite you to savour this Grand Cru Classé and experience the remarkable tradition and excellence that the Despagne family has upheld for generations. 


    Château Grand Corbin - Despagne, 2018

    14,5%, €54

    Château Grand Corbin - Despagne, 2020

    15%, €57