Chateau St. Paul: Appellation Haut-Medoc Controlee Situated on a beautiful gravely hill overlooking the Gironde River, Chateau St. Paul occupies a formidable sight. To the left of the chateau are the vines of the great Chateau Sociando-Mallet, and to the right the renowned St. Estephe Appellation. Formally, a part of Chateau St. Paul even belonged to the highly reputed St. Estephe estate of Chateau Le Boscq. As the French would say: "this is a splendid ‘terroir’." What more could one ask of this little gem? How about a fine red Bordeaux, a wine that is both powerful and balanced and capable of aging, a wine with the potential to be something special - a first class Bordeaux. Chateau St. Paul is an impeccably run 48 acre Cru Beaujolais Bordeaux that seems poised to become a reference point for the appellation. Making a lush wine, with a core of ripe fruit that is wrapped in considerable tannin, Chateau St. Paul admirably pairs elegance with structure. The result is a balanced, beautifully wrought Bordeaux that drinks well young, but it will also develop the secondary and tertiary characteristics known as complexity. At Chateau St. Paul, all four of the noble red Bordeaux varietals are included in the "cepage" or assembled wine. Presently, the vineyard is planted to 45% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet France, and 5% Petit Verdot, statistics which are more akin to the great Classified Growths than a Cru Bourgeois. Presumably, it is this classic varietal blend on an excellent terroir, along with the attention to detail in the estate’s cellar, that accounts for the consumate "classified Bordeaux" quality of the wine produced at Chateau St. Paul. After a normally late harvest and careful selection of the grapes, vinification at Chateau St. Paul begins with a cold pre-maceration for 12 days to provide the greatest concentration of color and aromas. A traditional maceration and fermentation are then done for at least 25-30 days, followed by at least a12 month stay in new or renewed oak barrels. Rackings and finings (clarifying) are done only with egg whites, never harsh chemicals. The Haut-Medoc is responsible for more Classified Growths and first rate Cru Bourgeois red wines than any other Bordeaux appellation. Situated along the Gironde to the northwest of the city of Bordeaux and near to the sea (Bordeaux means beside the waters), this most illustrious of appellations includes the great communes of Pauillac, St. Julien, Margaux and St. Estephe, as well as a host of smaller villages - all capable of producing first rate Bordeaux. The only downside to the Haut-Medoc is the cost of its wine; Haut-Medoc wines are some of the costliest in the world. Many thanks to the proprietors of Chateau St. Paul for their excellent Haut-Medoc, which up to now can still be purchased by middle class wine aficionados and collectors, without a secured loan. Enjoy Chateau St. Paul, but don’t tell too many of your friends about it, lest it become the next darling of the millionaire’s club.