2008 4ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

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

83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot. A very different grape mix to its stablemate Gloria, and immediately a much more imposing and authoritative style. Ruby to black at the centre, rich velvety feel, real depth to the blueberry fruit, structured a firm. Very classical and balanced with the signature fine tannins of the vintage. Rating: 91-91 L&S (Mar 2017)

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As I predicted from barrel, this stunning effort is a wine to buy by the case. Its opaque ruby/purple color is followed by aromas of graphite, barbecue smoke, blackberries and black currants. The full-bodied, textured 2008 Saint-Pierre reveals a skyscraper-like mouthfeel along with tremendous viscosity and unctuosity. One of the richest and potentially longest-lived 2008s, it is a fabulous sleeper of the vintage. Drink it over the next 20+ years. Drinking range: 2011 - 2031 Rating: 93-93 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, (Aug 2014)

Deep purple-red, very good ripe blackcurrants nose, fragrant, floral with wild roses, good depth of fruit, a richly focussed wine with dense, pure fruit. Drink 2016-25. Rating: 17.5****

A blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Merlot, tasted twice with one bottle showing a little greenness – the other much less so. Similarly the sample at the UGC was disjointed compared to the one poured at a negoçiant, which had grippy tannins, clean crisp blackberry on the palate with an earthy, slightly aggressive finish that should mellow by bottling. Rating: 87-89 Neal Martin,

Sweet blackberry and currant on the nose. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins. Plenty of good fruit, with roses and berries. Clean and crisp. Rating: 88-91 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator

Mid healthy crimson. Looks very exciting! Sweet and light on the nose. Unctuous, great texture and very seductive but perhaps not the most typical St-Julien. Just a little awkward with the sweetness and acidity not married - yet. A certain inkiness. 2015-22 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE -

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