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Saint Pierre may have trouble getting as well-known as its Saint Julien peers, but since M. di Costanzo (ex technical director at Cos) arrived here in 2000, they have not put a foot wrong - the vintages 2001 onwards have been faultless, and 2006 continues the series and may be the best yet. 75% Cabernet Sauvignon. Very good deep colour. Very sweet and supple, with the tannins really well-enveloped. Full - this has lovely weight - old vine intensity and sweet fruit roundness, spice and complexity. Fresh and dry but the overriding impression is of complete ripeness. Enormously attractive.
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Tasted blind at Southwold ’06 Bordeaux tasting. A light, ephemeral bouquet with violets and dark cherries, floral and more feminine, although lacking a little complexity. The palate is quite rich on the entry, fine tannins, nice symmetry here, good focus with fine definition towards the understated, elegant, very classic, crisp finish with a pastille aftertaste. Tasted January 2010.
89/100 Neal Martin, www.erobertparker.com (Sep 2010)
A candidate for one of the finest St.-Juliens of the vintage, St.-Pierre’s 2006 is one of the smaller productions in this consistent appellation, making it difficult to find in the marketplace. Its deep opaque purple color is accompanied by notes of roasted herbs, charcoal, graphite, and extravagant creme de cassis and licorice. Full-bodied, powerful, deep, and rich with outstanding balance, purity, texture, and length, this stunning 2006 will be very long-lived. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2030.
93/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.eRobertParker.com (Feb 209)
Richer than the Gloria with breadth of ripe fruit. Very chewy on the finish but serious and savoury. 2015-21
16+ Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com
Marvelous density of colour, really pure and seductive. Floral, fragrant fruit with flesh and depth. Fine terroir, pure St-Julien. 2013-15.
Full-bodied, with firm, slightly austere and chewy tannins. Medium finish.
89 - 91/100 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator
Ruby-red. Sexy aromas and flavors of black- and redcurrant, menthol, licorice and nutty oak, lifted by a violet topnote. Supple, classically dry and quite concentrated, with juicy acidity giving cut to the flavors and extending the finish. A sound tannic spine should ensure at least two decades of development in bottle for this very suave Saint-Julien. This has turned out very well.
91/100 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
It has all the power and richness of ripe fruit. The weight of cassis and sloe is supported by some firm tannins but they are not over aggressive do not over dominate. There is some sweet fruit behind lending more weight to the finish.
89 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk
Château Saint Pierre: Full Wine List and Profile
St Julien Quatrième cru 1855 At 17ha Château Saint Pierre is the smallest classed growth estate in St Julien. The name is derived from the Baron de Saint-Pierre who owned the estate at the tail end of the 18th Century. He left Saint-Pierre to his two daughters who, after running the estate together for a while, divided Saint-Pierre in two in 1832. The Dutch company, Van den Bussche bought both bits of Saint-Pierre in 1923 and re-united the estate. In 1982, Henri Martin (the man who assembled the Château Gloria from bits of vineyard purchased from various St Julien estates, including Saint-Pierre) bought the estate and he, and his daughter and son-in law Françoise and Jean-Louis Triaudand, have done much to raise the profile of this oft over-looked château. The vineyards are planted to 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, with the wines being made at Château Gloria. Although renewed reputation has pushed the price up a little in recent years, Saint-Pierre still represents quite good value for some nicely made darkly coloured St Julien.
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