See Jane Anson's en primeur tasting notes for St-Estèphe 2016 wines...

A big success in 2016, because the higher levels of limestone and clay in the soils withstood the drought better than some gravels.

In fact, the power and structure you find naturally in the soils here mean that St-Estèphe wines can be easy to overwork in the cellar and often taste a little closed when young.

Not so this year; it is not a stretch to say that St-Estèphe is the Pomerol of the Médoc in 2016.

‘At the start of harvest we thought it was a good vintage,’ says Basile Tesseron at Lafon-Rochet.

‘By the end of the harvest we knew it was historic.’



The top wines

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**Includes dry whites from St-Estèphe estates, even thought these wines cannot officially be part of the appellation.  

Château Lafon-Rochet, St-Estèphe, 4ème Cru Classé, 2016

Château Lafon-Rochet, St-Estèphe, 4ème Cru Classé, 2016

All the success of St-Estèphe in 2016 can be seen in Lafon-Rochet this year, where the 30mm of rain on 13th September and 13mm on 8th October, with nothing in between, allowed the clay, limestone and gravel soils to fully ripen the grapes. Owner Basile Tesseron says he had never...

Points 95
Château Phélan Ségur, St-Estèphe, Bordeaux, France, 2016

Château Phélan Ségur, St-Estèphe, Bordeaux, France, 2016

They finished picking here on 25th October, one of the latest ever harvests at Phélan. Feathery tannins and a fresh, ripe but crunchy aspect to the fruit gives a real sense of vivacity and grip. I love the dark pepper spice that clamps around the fruit on the second half…

Points 94
Château Capbern, St-Estèphe, Bordeaux, France, 2016

Château Capbern, St-Estèphe, Bordeaux, France, 2016

This shows a great combination of deep, intense cassis and loganberry fruits and chalky, almost chewy, tannins. There is a slow creep of power, but with a sense of lightness in the touch. This is a reliable property, known as Capbern Gasqueton until 2013, that has delivered another hugely drinkable…

Points 92

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