The Saint Estephe designation (PDO) is located 45 km from Bordeaux north of the Pauillac, Saint Julien and Margaux designations. It is probably the least prestigious of these four designations, because it is made up of only 5 Grands Crus Classes in 1855 (classification of Medoc wines), and no 1er Grand Cru Classe. The St Estephe PDO covers approximately 1,230 ha of land which is distinguished by a fairly large geological variety of soils and subsoils. Like many Bordeaux designations, the wines produced there are predominantly blended from Cabernet Sauvignon (typical of the left bank of the Gironde). To this variety is added Merlot, but also Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. In great vintages (and particularly hot ones), the St Estephe designation produces wines unanimously recognized by international critics as being among the best wines of the Medoc. Their reputation for rustic wines had designated them as the most austere, the most tannic and the slowest to evolve from the great Medoc wines. Due to the recent improvement on winemaking methods from many Chateau and a significant growing proportion of Merlot in the blend, Saint Estephe wines are now easier to drink when young. Combining power and richness, with a complex character, these are long-keeping red wines and can be kept for decades in a cellar. As part of food and wine pairings their distinguished profile will go very well with game terrines, duck or lamb.
Saint Estephe produces renowned wines that can be found in the classification of great Bordeaux wines. Indeed, the 1855 classification of the Medoc wines distinguished 5 Grand Crus Classes in Saint Estephe, the Chateaux: Calon Segur, Cos d Estournel, Cos Labory, Lafon Rochet and Montrose. Other famous Crus would probably deserve to complete this famous classification today, such as: De Pez, Haut Marbuzet, Les Ormes de Pez, or Meyney or Phelan Segur… Among the list of great Chateaux of the designation, Cos d 'Estournel and Montrose have already obtained the Parker 100/100 mark! If the quality of St Estephe wines is therefore very high, it is especially in the very great vintages of Bordeaux among which we will find: 2015, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2003, 2000, 1996, 1990, 1986, 1982, 1961 and 1959.
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