Château Sainte Marie

Decanter Magazine has hailed 2017 as a five star vintage, its highest possible rating, for white Bordeaux. 2016 is, if anything, an even more legendary year for the region’s red wines.

By happy coincidence, we have just taken delivery of the 2017 white and 2016 red from one of our favourite and most affordable Bordeaux producers, Château Sainte Marie.  Both of the wines offer terrific quality for the price, and our Fine Wine Manager highly recommends buying some to drink now, and stashing some away to improve with age.

Stéphane Dupuch's enthusiasm and determination, with superb results, stand out against the ocean of indifferent Bordeaux blanc and rouge that are produced in the Entre Deux Mers region.

Since the property has been in Stéphane's hands, he and Laurence, his wife, have raised the standards enormously. In a region of varied soils, they are keen to plant vine varieties in the places that will bring out the best qualities in their fruit (historically, this has not been done consistently in this locality). For example, clay-limestone soil brings out vibrant fruit and zesty acidity in Sauvignon Blanc, and also favours Merlot. The Dupuchs purchased a distinctive hilltop vineyard in the 1990s, which is composed of deposits from an ancient river, including an iron-rich gravel known as Alios, from which the site takes its name. The Alios vineyard produces outstanding results for Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, promoting full ripeness of these late-maturing varieties.

Best of all, Stéphane's beautiful wines are exceptional value - not cheap, but fabulous quality for the affordable price tag.

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  1. Château Sainte Marie 'Vieilles Vignes', Entre-Deux-Mers

    Pink grapefruit and gooseberry; mouthwatering, with a lovely, lingering finish. Learn More

  2. Château Sainte Marie 'Vieilles Vignes', Bordeaux Supérieur

    Amazing value red Bordeaux from a superb producer. Beautifully fresh, ripe mulberry and strawberry fruit, with fabulous intensity. Learn More