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For the commune in Dordogne, see Saint-Estèphe, Dordogne.
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Coat of arms of Saint-Estèphe
Coat of arms
Saint-Estèphe is located in France
Coordinates: 45°15′55″N 0°46′15″W / 45.2653°N 0.7708°W / 45.2653; -0.7708Coordinates: 45°15′55″N 0°46′15″W / 45.2653°N 0.7708°W / 45.2653; -0.7708
Country France
Region Aquitaine
Department Gironde
Arrondissement Lesparre-Médoc
Canton Pauillac
Intercommunality Centre Médoc
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Michelle Saintout
 • Land1 23.54 km2 (9.09 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 1,695
 • Population2 density 72/km2 (190/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 33395 / 33180
Elevation 0–31 m (0–102 ft)
(avg. 13 m or 43 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Saint-Estèphe is a commune in the Gironde department in Aquitaine in southwestern France.


The village lies 60 km (37 mi) northwest of Bordeaux.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 2,120 —    
1968 2,171 +2.4%
1975 2,317 +6.7%
1982 2,118 −8.6%
1990 1,918 −9.4%
1999 1,799 −6.2%
2008 1,695 −5.8%


Main article: Saint-Estèphe AOC

Saint-Estèphe is best known as the northernmost, and one of the four major wine-growing appellations of the Médoc. The area is separated from Château Lafite-Rothschild in Pauillac to the south by the Jalle de Breuil stream and its vineyards cover around 12 km2 (4.6 sq mi) on the banks of the Gironde estuary. The grounds of St.-Estèphe are varied. To the south-east corner of the appellation area, they are similar to those of Pauillac, with deep gravels lying on a hard sandstone base. Progressively to the west and north, they get more clayey, less gravelly, and become heavier. In parts, veins of alios (a reduced form of iron) can be found.[1] The layers of gravel on top of clay lead to comparatively poor drainage, and the harvest is one of the latest of the whole region, although this water retention can be of use in vintages of low rainfall.

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  1. ^ Clive Coates MW in An Encyclopaedia Of The Wines And Domaines Of France, p. 68, Cassel & Co., 2000 - ISBN 0-304-35441-4