This tiny gem of a property is named “beautiful site, high vineyard” because it has the highest elevation vineyard (with the best views) in Saint-Estephe, in the north of the appellation by Calon-Segur. With its old vines and low yields, this gives an unusually powerful Bordeaux, especially in the top Saint-Estephe vintage inpretty much all the charts.
The Wine Enthusiast rates this “Outstanding,” saying:
The name is a mouthful but behind it awaits a more approachable wine. It shows loads of tannins, firm and with plenty of aging ahead of them. Black-currant flavors come through strongly, giving a wine that will mature well.
The Social Vigneron wine blog says:
A gorgeous Medoc wine, and an elegant and complex Saint-Estephe at that. The generosity, opulence and concentration we love from the appellation are there, with a clear sense of the earthiness, too.The character of this Northern Medoc terroir is all there, expressed beautifully, but combined with the fruit and spicy generosity offered by a great vintage.Oak has been integrated very well into a genuine expression of ripe fruit. The whole gives a sweet/savory feel, smoky and mineral, yet intrinsically fruity and heart-contenting.
In other words, the sort of top-quality Saint-Estephe one would expect to find at three times the price or more.
Again, the wines of this tiny jewel of a property are very hard to find. We bought all 12 cases the importer had – and are the only US store to have any.