2006 CHÂTEAU SAINT PIERRE 4ème Cru Classé Saint Julien
||Origin: France, Bordeaux
Lea & Sandeman review
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.
Other reviews and comments
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.
James Suckling, The Wine Spectator
A little more fruit concentration on the nose than Gloria. The palate is medium-bodied, toasty, with firm, dry tannins. A better finish than I expected with blackberry leaf, tobacco and a touch of liquorish.
Neal Martin's Wine Journal, erobertparker.com
A terrific success for this small, somewhat under the radar St.-Julien, St.-Pierre's 2006 exhibits an inky/blue/purple color in addition to a beautiful bouquet of sweet black cherries, black currants, graphite, toasty oak, and earth. Made in a surprisingly fat, opulent style, it possesses abundant fruit and glycerin as well as a heady, long finish. This stunning wine should firm up in bottle, and drink well for two decades or more.
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Richer than the Gloria with breadth of ripe fruit. Very chewy on the finish but serious and savoury. 2015-21
Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com
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.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar