Château Saintem 2018
Product detailed description
Château Saintem (or also Saintayme) is a winery in Saint Etienne de Lisse, at the eastern end of the St-Emilion appellation. Its owner until May 2020 (when he died, after a long illness, at the age of 62) was Mr Denis Durantou, a legendary winemaker.
In 1983, he took over from his grandfather the management of the family farm in Pomerol. He gradually began to improve the neglected estate, but most importantly, he began to produce excellent wine from the 4.5 hectares of vineyards. Today, the wine from Château l'Eglise-Clinet is one of the best in Pomerol.
After 2000, he bought three more wineries: Château les Cruzelles in Lalande-de-Pomerol, Château Montlandrie in Côtes de Castillon and Château Saintem in St. Emilion.
His winery is now managed by his three daughters, Alix, Noemie and Constance.
Writer Andrew Jefford said of him: "Durantou was a perfect example of what a Bordeaux wine should be: unpretentious, untamed and unrestrained, offering great quality even to those who could not afford to buy a top wine."
Saintem/Saintayme wine is produced by the same technical team that produces all the wines for the Chateaux that Denis Durantou owns.
Vinification takes place in small, temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks.
Aging: 14 months in French oak barrels, 30% of which are new
The wine is currently selling for a song, making it one of the most affordable wines from the Right Bank, this increasingly expensive wine region.