Chateau Saint-Esteve is run by the husband and wife team of Eric and Sylvie Latham. They bought the 250-acre vineyard, located in the Corbieres region of France's Languedoc, in 1984. Grapes have been harvested in the area for over 1,000 years, first by monks and later by individuals who were given parcels in exchange for their work in the vineyards. Saint-Esteve's vineyards benefit from some wonderful old-growth vines whose grapes lend a great deal of character and complexity to their wines.
Corbieres is just south of the Rhone Valley, so it's planted with many of the same grapes as that iconic region. This beautiful offering features a blend of 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 30% Cinsault. At first, the scent of old-growth Grenache, with its lovely notes of spice, cranberry and sweet/tart cherry, tickles the nose. Then bright fruit flavors descend on the palate, round and luscious, and the light and lilting finish leaves you eager for your next sip.