A screaming deal, period. Cabernet Sauvignon dominant with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot make up the rest of the blend. Crunchy blue fruit on the nose with a touch of feral animal and earth. Nicely saturated on the palate with firm, elegant tann
This is a screaming deal, period. Cabernet Sauvignon dominant with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot making up the rest of the blend. Crunchy blue fruit all over the nose with a touch of feral animal and earth. Nicely saturated on the palate with firm tannin but elegant ones. You absolutely taste the earth alongside the fruit here and the finish is flinty and refreshing. Bring on the grilled steak or lamb.
St. Estephe is the northernmost of Bordeaux's six Médoc communes. Many think St. Estèphe was unfairly judged when the 1855 classification was decided - theoretically because of its distance from the city of Bordeaux. It is the largest of all the Médoc communes with about 1,377 hectares of vineyards - but there are only five classified growths which produce 20 percent of the wine in the appellation. Interestingly, it is also the Bordeaux appellation that with some of the finest cru bourgeois* (of which there are only 35 in all of Bordeaux).
At the top end, St. Estèphe wines can be austere when young with deep tannic structure, spice and finely packed fruit. Taking some years to open up and develop, they do reward careful ageing. Cru bourgeois wines are more approachable with plummy, earthy flavours and softer tannins, making them a great buy when young. Cabernet Sauvignon remains the most important grape in the appellation, but Merlot is gaining ground, making the wines richer and rounder than in the past.
55% Cabernet Saubignon , 40% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot , 2% Cabernet France
*The cru bourgeois (Classed Growths) classification includes some of the chateaux missed in the 1855 Classification of Bordeaux's wine estates. These are considered high quality wines only a step downed from the 1855 Classed Growths.