White lies and beautiful deception

Seeing the Saint-Émilion label on a bottle of wine can fool many into thinking it’s the real thing, so keep a close eye out for the good stuff

12th May, 2019
A proper, quality-based classification of Saint-Émilion estates makes it easier to discover the real top-class wines from the region Pic: Getty

The village of Saint-Émilion is one of the most famous names in the wine world, and makes some of its greatest wines. Like many wine regions, its name extends beyond the boundaries of the pretty little village of Saint-Émilion, to a ten-mile fan of land surrounding it.

In the 1930s, Saint-Émilion’s top producers were increasingly upset at the fact that they had been excluded from the great 1855 Classification of Bordeaux....

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