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Saint-Estèphe

Saint-Estèphe is one of the many famous wine-growing areas of Bordeaux and gives its name to the red wine appellation AOC Saint-Estèphe. Situated at the northern end of the Haut-Médoc region on the gravelly western shores of the Gironde estuary, Saint-Estèphe is separated from its famous neighbour, Pauillac, only by a stream, yet there are significant differences between them.

Because Saint-Estèphe is marginally further from the gravel-bearing waters of the Garonne river, the soil here is far less stony than that found in the southern part of Haut-Médoc. Instead, a heavy clay base dominates this area, resulting in poorer-draining soils, delayed ripening and higher acidity levels in the wines. These factors mean that Saint-Estèphe's blended wines are predominantly made from Merlot, as it performs better on clay soils than Cabernet Sauvignon. Because these wines are often austere and tight in youth, Merlot also serves to soften the palate.

Although Saint-Estèphe cannot claim to have the much-prized shingle soils of its southern neighbours, growing wine grapes on clay is not without benefits. The water retained in the soil can come in handy during the odd drought-like summers that have been known to bring a Bordeaux vintage to its knees.

The wines from Saint-Estèphe are richly coloured and deeply flavoured, and are known for their longevity. While most of the wine is produced under the Cru Bourgeois label, it is the classed growths that continue to uphold the good reputation of Saint-Estèphe. These include the two second growths, Château Cos d'Estournel and Château Montrose; third-growth Château Calon-Ségur; fourth-growth Château Lafon-Rochet; and fifth-growth Château Cos Labory.
  • Château Montrose 2005, Saint-Estèphe
    £159.50

    Château Montrose 2005, Saint-Estèphe

    Château Montrose

    Chateau Montrose 2005 is a dense purple colour, almost black. The complex nose is still rather closed, but exudes fragrances of rich black fruit, s...

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    £159.50
  • Château Calon Ségur 2009, Saint-Estèphe
    £139.00

    Château Calon Ségur 2009, Saint-Estèphe

    Château Calon Ségur

    Chateau Calon Segur 2009 is made in a very different style for this estate, being composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdo...

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    £139.00
  • Cos D'Estournel 2006, Saint-Estèphe Magnum
    £324.50

    Cos D'Estournel 2006, Saint-Estèphe Magnum

    Château Cos D'Estournel

    "The exceptional 2006 Cos D’Estournel is composed of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot, 55% of the production was utilised. R...

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    £324.50