In Saint Estephe, the northernmost appellation in the Médoc region, the cooler climate and clay-rich soils contribute to wines with a higher proportion of Merlot. The resulting reds are robust and full of depth, characterized by their ripe fruit and firm tannins. Château Cos d'Estournel and Chateau Montrose are popular estates here.A sub-region of Medoc, Haut-Medoc is famed for its Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant blends. These elegant, structured wines often showcase notes of dark fruit, tobacco, and spices. Highly-acclaimed vineyards such as Chateau Mouton Rothschild and Chateau Lafite Rothschild contribute to its global reputation.