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Saint-Émilion

The French wine-growing area is located in the east of the Bordeaux region and, together with Pomerol, forms the core area of the Rive droite (right bank) of the Gironde and Dordogne estuaries. It is named after the small town of around 2,000 inhabitants, which lies on the slopes of a hill overlooking the Dordogne valley and is named after the holy Benedictine monk Émilion (Aemilianus). According to legend, he lived here in the 7th century in the forest of Combes in a cave, which is now located on the grounds of Château Laniote. Saint-Émilion is also a stop on the Way of St James to Santiago de Compostela. It is one of the oldest wine-growing regions in France, as the Romans planted the first vines here.

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