91-93/100 Andrew Caillard MW. Deep colour. Intense blackcurrant/ liquorice/dark chocolate/ iodine aromas. Concentrated dark berry/ praline flavours, slinky dry tannins. Finishes firm and tight. Still very elemental, with strong muscular structure
16.5/20 Julia Harding MW, Jancis Robinson. Ripe, dark and savoury. Lots of oak char on the palate. Dense, firm but there's fruit under there somewhere, just well hidden. Chewy finish with some finishing sweetness.
16.5/20 Steven Spurrier, Decanter. Well-extracted, slightly spicy-gamey black fruits and very good smooth ripe tannins. It shows elegance, depth and class. Drink 2014-2025.
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.