Perched in the North of the Médoc, Saint-Estephe is also the northernmost of the four great communal appellations and remains divided from neighboring Pauillac only by a small stream. Here in the North, the gravel soils of the region begin to thin and the land is defined as much by its clay base. The thinner gravel layer provides less warmth during the evening and the grapes grown in these vineyards tend to have a higher acidity. Simultaneously the clay base retains water and helps protect the grapes from hot, dry summers. Deeply colored with high extraction the wines of Saint Estephe are long lived and retain their vigor. As such these fuller, more solid wines are celebrated not only as classified growths but also as the great Crus Bourgeois; and in fact, Saint-Estephe plays home to more Crus Bourgeois than any of the other communal Medoc appellations.
During the BuridGala Grand Tasting and Gala Dinner, the great appellation of Saint Estephe will be represented by Chateau Montrose.
Saint Estephe Wines at the Grand Tasting
- Chateau Montrose 2011, 89+ Points Robert Parker. “The dark ruby/purple-colored, slightly austere and angular 2011 Montrose possesses a more masculine style with firm tannin, medium body, and cassis, black currant and earth notes. The wine tails off slightly on the palate leaving an acidic, tangy character.”
- Chateau Montrose 2009, 100 Points Robert Parker. “With an astounding dense purple color, the wine has velvety, sweet tannins, and an extremely open-knit and opulent blueberry, blackberry and creme de cassis nose. There is scorched earth, vanilla and, again, telltale licorice and spice. It is unctuously textured – thicker and juicier than the 2010 and more forward.”
- Chateau Montrose 2005, 96 Points Robert Parker. “This is a very powerful, full-bodied wine that is quite tannic, but the tannins are relatively velvety. The wine is rich, complex, majestic, multi-dimensional and also avoids any of the austerity that some 2005s possess.”
Saint Estephe Wines at the Gala Dinner
- Chateau Montrose 2004, 91 Points Robert Parker. “The 2004 Montrose possesses a deep ruby/purple-tinged color as well as a sweet nose of black fruits intermixed with notions of smoke, cold steel, earth, and subtle background wood. With excellent texture, a sweet ripeness, medium to full body, and moderate tannin.”