For long regarded as the commune for meaty, robust wines, Saint-Estèphe has been achieving more and more elegance over the last decade, the Merlots ripening well on the more clayey soils to add flesh to the sometimes over-firm Cabernets. Once again, 2009 has brought ripeness and richness to this commune, which offers open cassis fruit on the lesser wines and complex vineyard expression from the more classic terroirs. Overall very successful. Steven Spurrier

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