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Course: Bordeaux

Class 2: The Médoc


St.-Estèphe is the northernmost commune in the Haut-Médoc. It is also the northernmost of the Haut-Médoc's three important communes that are clumped together like triplets: St.-Estèphe, Pauillac and St.-Julien.

St.-Estèphe is the main town in the AC.


Higher Yields

St.-Estèphe also produces the most wine of the Haut-Médoc communes, even though, with more than 3,000 acres of vineyards, it is not the largest. Furthermore about 12 acres of vines within the St.-Estèphe commune are actually classified as Pauillac.


Cooler Vineyards

When it comes to soils, St.-Estèphe is in a transition zone between the Haut-Médoc and the Bas Médoc. The soils tend to be closer to the fertile and heavy end of the spectrum, with clay and chalk mixed into the gravel....

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