: The satellite appellations

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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On the outskirts are the so-called St-Émilion satellites, lussac-st-émilion, montagne-st-émilion, puisseguin-st-émilion, and st-georges-st-émilion, to the north east of St-Émilion. On this more rolling countryside north of the Barbanne (see lalande-de-pomerol), the vine is grown alongside other crops and viticulture now accounts for well over half of the total area, or 4,000 ha. Co-operatives are important here and Montagne- and Lussac-St-Émilion produce significantly more wine than either Puisseguin or, especially, St-Georges, which was for many years sold as Montagne-St-Émilion. The grape varieties planted are similar to those in St-Émilion proper but the standard of winemaking is generally more rudimentary. There are, nevertheless, bargains to be sought out.