2006 4ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Saint Julien
Classification 4ème Cru Classé
ABV 13%

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. Rating: 92 L&S (Apr 2007)

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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. 2013-25 Rating: 89 Derek Smedley MW, (Dec 2013)

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. Rating: 89 Neal Martin, (Sep 2010)

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. Rating: 91 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (May 2007)

Château Saint Pierre

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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