93-94/100 Andrew Caillard MW. Medium deep colour. Intense dark cherry/ ginger vanilla oak aromas. Supple sweet espresso/ dark cherry fruit flavours and looseknit chalky tannins. Finished firm and liquoricy. Very good.
89-92/100 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator. High pitched today, with bing cherry, floral and incense notes allied to a creamy texture and a long, suave finish. There's ample stuffing here but it's restrained right now, with a twinge of iron buried deeply on the finish. Tasted non-blind.
Saint -Estèphe, with 1,377 hectares under vine is the largest of the major Bordeaux appellations in the Medoc. Located in the most northern part of the Left Bank, on average, 585,000 cases of wine are produced each year. The soils see a rich mixture of rocks, clay, limestone and gravel that rests on the surface and of course below, deep in the terroir. Beneath the surface lies a complex blend of different soils, sub soils and terroir. Over the past several decades, the general trend in the Saint -Estèphe vineyards has been to add more Merlot, which has added a lot of softness to the tannins and the wines. Merlot works well in the appellation due to the large amount of clay found in the soils. in the appellation due to the large amount of clay found in the soils.