Stags' Leap Winery

2018 Red Wine
Stags Leap District

2020 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 24 | Lot No. 83
Vintage: 2018

Stags' Leap Winery


Red Wine
Stags Leap District

5 cases produced


  • Named for Stags’ Leap Winery co-founder Horace Chase’s family motto, “Sed Contra Audentior Ito” meaning “always push harder”
  • Crafted from the estate’s prized Cabernet Sauvignon that produces the most expressive fruit
  • Winemaker Christophe Paubert aims to capture the essence by hand-selecting only the finest lots
  • Crafted with minimal winemaking intervention and aging in French oak for 20 months


Linking history with Stags’ Leap Winery co-founder Horace Chase and his family motto, “Sed Contra Audentior Ito,” comes "Audentia." The inimitable blend pays tribute to that motto – “Always Push Harder” – crafted from the estate’s most select Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah that push to produce the most expressive and distinct fruit. Winemaker Christophe Paubert drew on his curiosity to capture the essence of Stags’ Leap and all its cherished nuances, hand-selecting only the finest lots and barrels for this unique blend. The marriage of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah highlights the rich heritage of the property and natural lineage of the estate. Notable for its distinct combination of power and elegance, Cabernet Sauvignon has a longstanding history as the Stags Leap District’s signature varietal. The combination of the two varieties results in a blend that’s both powerful and concentrated, balanced and elegant.

Christophe Paubert

Winemaker, Stags' Leap Winery

Winemaker, Christophe Paubert

For Christophe Paubert, winemaker and general manager at Stags' Leap Winery, the identity of a wine is found through the terroir. Christophe's career has spanned the industry from sales to winemaking, and his impressive background includes positions at Chateau d'Yquem and Gruaud-Larose as well as projects in Chile, Spain and Washington state. But it was the terroir of Stags' Leap that drew him to California. "I believe that wine should express the uniqueness of the land, and the Stags' Leap wines have always showcased one of the most distinctive regions in the Napa Valley."

Christophe grew up just outside of Sauternes in Bordeaux, where his grandfather was a cellar master. He spent his childhood immersed in the culture of wine, and followed his love for wine and science to the Institut d'Inologie in Bordeaux. He graduated in 1983 and spent three years working for a negociant in Bordeaux before returning to complete a two-year graduate course in sales and marketing.

Upon graduation he took a job selling winemaking equipment, enjoying both the challenge of sales and the technical knowledge required. After seven years, he decided it was time to start making wine again. While visiting some friends at Chateau d'Yquem, he was offered the job of cellar master. His position encompassed everything from guiding tours to making the wine. "I was very passionate about this job because Sauternes is part of my culture; it was an exceptional thing to touch this unique wine."

Nearly four years later a new opportunity arose. Christophe was offered the chance to travel to Chile, build a winery, hire and train a cellar crew and overhaul a 400-acre vineyard. "This is something that you do once in your life, it was so dynamic. I knew very little about viticulture at the time. It was a great learning experience and very rewarding to see the results." During this time, he also traveled to Spain to learn the nuances of Tempranillo, and made wine in Rueda, Rioja and Ribera del Duero. Stints in Navarra, Spain; the Medoc in France and New Zealand were to follow and the jobs included everything from running the lab to improving vineyards and making wine. "You never stop learning. I have done every job there is to do at a winery from running the lab to giving tours. Every single person has an important job, and my role is to connect everyone to the greater purpose." Most recently, Christophe spent four years in Washington State at Canoe Ridge, making Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Country born: France

Education: Institut d'Inologie in Bordeaux

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Christophe's winemaking philosophy is informed by the sum of his varied experiences. He makes wine the way he learned in France, to showcase the fruit and not the winemaker's hand, but he applies a technical understanding of each and every step of the process. "Wine is culture. There is history and tradition behind it. You enjoy it on the table with food and good conversation, and making wine involves working with other people."

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