Producers in Saint Estèphe, France
Description of Saint Estèphe:
Spanning 1,370 hectares, Saint-Estèphe is Bordeaux’s northernmost commune. The appellation is home to five crus classes, which account for 20% of production, as well as four of the Medoc’s nine crus bourgeois exceptionnels.
Saint-Estèphe has a reputation for austere, tannic, earthy wines, which are historically inapproachable for those accustomed to softer-styled Bordeaux. The appellation’s soil is mainly clay, though its southeast corner is gravelly, as in Pauillac. Wines are robust and heady for fruit-driven palates, often not aging as well as those of Pauillac and Saint-Julien.
Presently, due to improved vinification techniques as well as the increasing use of the Merlot grape, the commune has produced wines that are more accessible in youth, possessing fewer harsh tannins and greater lushness of fruit.