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Mähler-Besse Wines

  • Name :

    Saint-Estèphe

  • Classification :

    Cru Bourgeois

  • Commune :

    Saint-Estèphe

  • Area :

    8 hectares

  • Density of plantation de plantation :

    9,000 feet/ha

  • Annual production :

    45,000 bottles

  • Types of vine :

    15% Merlot, 85% Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Average age of the vineyard :

    30 years

  • Soil and subsoil :

    Ancient sand on gravel

  • Cultivation / Care of the vine :

    Traditional, double Guyot size

  • Grape harvest :

    Manual

  • Process :

    Recently restored wine cellar, with very modern equipment. After fermentation, the wine is left in maceration for 15 to 20 days for proper extraction of colour, aroma and tannin.

  • Wine-making :

    Ageing in barrels out of beam for 12 to 18 months (35% new wood).

  • Characteristics :

    Crimson colour, delicately smoky and spiced aroma, a sophisticated and balanced wine: a vintage of great style

  • Recommended dishes :

    Red meats or dishes with sauce, cheeses.

Classified Cru Bourgeois in 1932, Château Picard in the heart of the village of Saint-Estèphe has alwas been considered as one of best under this name. Last of the estates acquired by Mähler-Besse (1997), this estate of 8 hectares was selected for its development potential, for its medium-size area allowing full control of its production.

Since the acquisition of Château Picard, Mähler-Besse, who has renovated the cellars in the style of Napoleon III, has equipped the estate with a powerful wine-making tool, with gravitation-feed of the harvest. Its exceptional soil with a resemblance to clay, a characteristic of Saint Estèphe, produces soil loaded with remains calcified with shells and sea urchins. This vineyard with a high percentage of cabernet sauvignon produces wines that are delicately smoky and spicy, of great style, of which one may easily identify the label illustrated by two Flamingos