Saint-Estèphe 2017s

Lucien Michel | February 4, 2021
Our Favorite 2017s From This Appellation
This is the first of my series focusing on the recently arrived 2017 Bordeaux vintage,  starting with Saint-Estèphe.

We begin here because the wines of St-Estèphe performed extremely well in 2017. Historically, the wines from this most Northern appellation tend to be rich, with a robust tannic backbone that makes them excellent wines to cellar. In 2017, the vintage allowed this region to express a finer and purer style of St-Estèphe, which are much more approachable in their youth than usual. However, don't be fooled, the tannin and structure are still there and these still have great ageing potential.

We have handpicked two of our favorites, who both favor a blend with a higher proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon, the grape which performed incredibly well this year, which provides a very polished tannin structure.

Château Montrose was, for many critics, the wine of the appellation this year, showing incredible balance and an exuberant scale. Intoxicating and perfumed, this displays an already incredibly open nose and showing a lot of purity of fruit with blackberries, blueberries, pine sap, and floral notes. Very appealing, this is not your textbook St-Estèphe, but surely one of the best left bank wines of this vintage.

Calon Ségur is another estate that got our hearts racing (excuse the pun with the label!). The Château delivered such an attractive wine, again with more Cabernet in the blend than usual. This estate which is located on a fantastic terroir is becoming more and more consistent, showing its terroir’s true potential, thanks to the modernization of its facilities and the talented skills of winemaker, Vincent Millet. The wine, this year, is gracious and complex, with beautiful notes of plum, black cherries, olives and floral notes, intertwined with earthy aromas. Tannins are fine-grained, the volume is well balanced and it has a long mineral finish.

These wines are already enjoyable but will benefit from longer aging – especially the Montrose. Both are available and in stock in Hong-Kong.