Bordeaux Red: St. Estephe

Saint-Estèphe is the appellation at the most north and east of Haut-Médoc area, just to the north of Pauillac, south-east of the Médoc Appellation. The wines from Saint-Estèphe, unlike other Médoc appellations, come only from the commune of that name, one of the largest communes in the area. Saint-Estèphe is home to five classified growths. Here, being left bank, the wines are dominated by the Cabernet Sauvignon, with additions usually of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, but Petit Verdot and Malbec show up in the better properties. The soils are lighter upper soils of river sediments and sand, with a layer of limestone/clay underneath. Flavor profiles are refined and elegant, with expressions of blackcurrant, violet, mocha, vanilla, spices, and licorice. These wines tend to be tough with tannins when young, despite very robust fruit, but with ample aging become very elegant and long-lived wines, not as flattering as Saint-Julien, but almost, and not quite as powerful as Pauillac, but prettier. Cellaring potential five to fifty years.

  • Chateau Beau Site

    This big and oaky Saint Estèphe is composed of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc, grown on deep gravel and clayey limestone, yielding a big, powerful wine. The grapes are hand-harvested and sorted before fermentation for three weeks in temperature-controlled stainless tanks. After 12 months in tank, the wine is racked into oak barrels (one third of which are new) for 20 months of aging. This is a exceptional value in Saint Estèphe and we are proud to have this little-known gem in our portfolio (previously, the French kept most of it themselves).

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