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The Lussac-Saint-Émilion appellation

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The Lussac-Saint-Emilion Appellation

carte AOC Lussac Saint-Émilion

Located about 50 kilometres northeast of the city of  Bordeaux,  the Lussac Saint-Émilion appellation is restricted to wines from within the commune of Lussac.
 It is one of a group of appellations in the prestigious Saint-Emilion region.

Only red wines can be sold under this name. There are 1,454 hectares of vineyards producing an average of 70,000 hectolitres of wines a year (or barely 1.5% of total red AOC wine production in Bordeaux)

   History  tells us that a certain Lucius or Lucaniacus first introduced viticulture to the slopes surrounding present-day Lussac during the Gallo-Roman period. The town is named after him.

Terroir

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The key word here is "diversity", although there are three main configurations:

  • clay-limestone slopes (similar to those in Saint-Emilion) in the southeastern part of the appellation, 
  • a plateau with Périgord sand in the western part,
  • clay and silt soil at the foot of the slopes.

The Lussac-Saint-Emilion appellation  was created on 14 November 1936.

Rules and regulations  governing production cover:

  • authorised grape varieties: Merlot (usually the main one) and Cabernet Franc or Cabernet Sauvignon (which cover 10% of the area under vine). In addition to these three main varieties, Malbec and, to a lesser extent Carménère, are also planted.
  • basic yield: 45 hectolitres per hectare (with a ceiling set at  66 hl/ha).
  • ripeness: the must is required to have at least 171g/l of sugar.
  • minimum alcoholic degree : 11 % by volume.

Characteristics of the Lussac-Saint-Émilion appellation wines

The originality of these wines is reflected in their deep colour and subtle bouquet.  They are well-balanced with red fruit flavours (strawberry, blackcurrant and cherry) that marry beautifully with well-integrated oak and the wine's intrinsically powerful, yet round tannin. The wines of Lussac are elegant, well-structured, velvety and generous, with power and complexity. There are ideal to drink 3 or 4 years after the vintage,  but can also age well for 8 to 10 years.

 A  few tasting tips : When young, these wines are excellent with game, grilled red meats and all highly-flavoured dishes.  When older, they go beautifully with roasts, rib of veal with ceps, etc.

vignoble AOC Lussac-Saint-Emilion