Saint-Estèphe appears on wine maps the world over and is located the furthest North of all the commune appellations of the Médoc, situated on the Left Bank of the Garonne it borders Pauillac to its South and Lower Medoc to its North.
Although Saint-Estèphe has no first growths from the 1855 classification to lead the way it includes five Cru Classé properties in the 1855 classification, and a number of Cru Bourgeois estates.
Saint-Estèphe is quite different to the other famous commune appellations of Pauillac, St-Julien, and Margaux due to the extraordinary characteristics of its terroir composed of Light upper soils with a clayey subsoil and limestone underneath arranged in terraces overlooking the Gironde.
With the strong presence of limestone, these are wines have great minerality that is not found elsewhere in Bordeaux, they are predominately Cabernet Sauvignon, with Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Saint-Estèphe wines, marked by more clayey sub-soils, are typically Rich, fruity, well-structured, Tannic and Powerful with a wonderful ageing potential.
The unique diversity of both its terroir and wines offer exceptional opportunities from its Crus Classes properties, which in a good vintage can rival the best bordeaux’s left bank has to offer, through to its many other Chateauxs which when sort out can provide some excellent wines at great prices.
|Planted Grapes||Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Carmenère|
|Ageing Potential||Red: 5 to 50 years|
|Typical Style||Rich, fruity, well-structured, Tannic and Powerful|
|Typical Aromas||Refined and elegant with blackcurrant, violet, mocha, vanilla, spices and licorice.|
|Food Matching||All types of roasted meat, stews, poultry and cheese|
|Best Vintages||2010, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1996, 1995, 1990, 1989, 1986, 1985, 1982|
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