The most northerly of the major Haut Medoc appellations, St. Estèphe is also the largest and probably the least heralded. Not only does it also possess no First Growths (like St Julien) but it also has the fewest chateaux in the 1855 classification, though it makes up for this with the greatest number of 35 Cru Bourgeois chateaux.

St. Estèphe has the greatest amount of clay in the composition of its soil and its vineyards have more Merlot planted than the rest of the Medoc. This helps the appellation in dry vintages and results in wines that whilst rustic, are long-lived. Its five classified growths account for 20% of the vineyard area and the most important are Cos d’Estournel and Montrose.

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