The red wines of Saint-Estèphe (sant-es-steff) are known for their depth of color and powerful robust character. The full flavors and firm structure lead to wines that develop great aromatic complexity and age extremely well. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates this commune with an increasing use of Merlot to produce more supple wines. These powerful and intense wines are wonderful with grilled steaks, lamb and game dishes.
Grape Varieties: Primarily Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, blended with lesser amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
Taste Characteristics: Style – Intense to highly concentrated, medium to full-bodied. Deeply colored, firm, long-lived wines with a robust texture and flavors of black fruits, mineral and cedar.
Key Facts: The northernmost of the four important communes in the Haut-Médoc district of Bordeaux. Château Cos D´Estournel and Château Montrose are the star Second Growths here. Noted for its many Cru Bourgeois châteaux that offer superb value.
Acres under Vine: 3,400
Classified Growths: 5 Grand Cru Classé Estates
Key Properties: Cos D´Estournel, Montrose, Calon Ségur, Ormes de Pez, Lilian-Ladouys, Andron Blanquet, Cos Labory
Principal Soil Types: Diverse soils, the finest vineyards are on the gravel ridges, but sandy and clay soils with some limestone are commonplace.