It has long been known that this Credit Agricole owned Chateau occupies a fabulous site in the southern section of St Estephe, near to Chateau Montrose. Alas, look as we often did, the wines never lived up to their potential. 2014 is perhaps the turning point. This has a wonderfully dark, brooding Cabernet character with deeply impressive concentration. Hubert de Bouard has clearly extracted huge levels of colour, flavour and substance, without inflicting any rusticity or aggressive tannins. This really was our find of 2014 - a superb St Estephe loaded with Pauillac style fruit, but perhaps just the tell-tale minerality one expects from this commune. A hugely impressive wine and sure to be a lot of bang for your buck!
A part of St-Estèphe is separated from Pauillac's Lafite only by a stream.Though St-Estèphe contains some gravel, it is largely renowned for the high clay content of its soils compared with other vineyards on the left bank. These wetter cooler soils favour the Merlot, hence the relatively large proportion of plantings compared neighbouring communes, though Cabernet Sauvignon dominates. The cool soils means the grapes are later ripeing and tend to have high acidities, archetypal St Estèphe is a strong-willed, tannic structured wine to be laid down. The stars of St-Estèphe are Montrose, Cos d’Estournel and Calon-Segur, whilst Haut Marbuzet and Lafon Rochet have been producing excellent value wines over the last few years.