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A glimpse of the Monolithic Church and its bell tower, captured from a side street in Saint-Émilion.

Saint-Émilion is a commune in the Gironde department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in south-western France.

Saint-Émilion's history goes back to prehistoric times. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with fascinating Romanesque churches and and other buildings stretching along its steep and narrow streets.

The Romans planted vineyards in what was to become Saint-Émilion as early as the 2nd century. In the 4th century, the Latin poet Ausonius lauded the fruit of the bountiful vine.

Saint-Émilion is now one of the principal red wine areas of Bordeaux along with the Médoc, Graves and Pomerol. The region is much smaller than the Médoc and adjoins Pomerol. As in Pomerol and the other appellations on the right bank of the Gironde, the primary grape varieties used are the Merlot and Cabernet Franc, with relatively small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon also being used by some châteaux.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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