2010 4ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
District Left Bank
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Saint Julien
Classification 4ème Cru Classé

Tasted after its charming stablemate, Gloria, St Pierre is more serious, firmer, but still luscious, ample, ripe and full of ripe black fruit and a hint of graphitey dark dryness. Acid balance and tannins build on the finish. Slight concern that there might not be quite enough zip. 'Very close in style to 2009, and although just as fine there is more volume here, more stuffing.' says the owner's son-in-law, Orphée Amougou. Rating: 92+ L&S (Apr 2011)

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Heavily toasted aromas: charcoal, dark chocolate, roasted coffee. Impressive, bold, in-your-face style, but with freshness and vibrancy on the finish. Starts off seeming over-processed but has a lovely natural effortlessness on the finish. (RH) Drinking range: 2014 - 2026 Rating: 17.5 Richard Hemming MW - 2014)

Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. This is a strong showing from Saint Pierre. For sure, the 2010 feels more introverted on the bouquet with dusky black fruit, truffle, tobacco and graphite scents that unfold in the glass. There is fine definition here, with a slight meaty character emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with a smooth, ripe opening: spice-tinged black fruit and a saline element accentuated towards the finish. It exerts a gentle grip with very good persistency on the finish. Tasted January 2014. Rating: 93-93 Neal Martin, 2014)

Light minerally nose that's really quite intriguing. Big, ripe and bold but not in any way sweet. Classic St-Julien in a ripe vintage. Should run and run. Drinking range: 2020 - 2040 Rating: 18 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - 2014)

Good bright ruby. Knockout nose combines blackberry, cassis, minerals, espresso and nutty oak. Dense, sweet, plush and deep, with a texture of liquid velvet and subtle floral lift. This impeccably balanced and seamless wine actually shut down in the glass and showed a serious underlying structure. A great and eminently ageworthy vintage for this Saint-Julien estate, whose wines have been on fire in recent years. Rating: 94-94 Stephen Tanzer, 2013)

The final blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot has resulted in a wine of great power, stature, gravitas and density. The wine has a black purple color and a brilliant nose of scorched earth, creme de cassis, espresso roast, blackberries, truffles and licorice. Full-bodied, extremely powerful, yet with abundant sweet tannin, this stunning effort should prove sensational if given 7-10 years of cellaring. It should also last for 30-40 years. This is another brilliant wine from Jean-Louis Triaud, who is also responsible for the brilliant resurrection of the cru bourgeois, Gloria. This is one of the smallest estates in St.-Julien, with only about 6,000 cases produced, and even less were produced in 2010 than in 2009. Drinking range: 2020 - 2060 Rating: 97-97 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 2013)

Deep purple-ruby. Reticent but nuanced nose hints at cassis, brown spices and smoky herbs. Lush and seamless in the mouth, with lovely precision if not palate-busting concentration to the red cherry, blackcurrant, cocoa and underbrush flavors. Really spreads out on the palate and vibrates on the long, aromatic aftertaste. A wine of sneaky concentration and depth, it's a bit more youthfully closed today than usual for Saint-Pierre at this stage, but it still has the typical drink-me-soon appeal of this chateau. I'd forget about it in the cellar for another six or eight years and drink it from 2018 through 2035. Should be an excellent value. Rating: 92-95 Ian d'Agata, 2012)

A dark wine, with a crimson rim. And on the nose a dark fruit character, not well defined, masked somewhat by some sweet honeyed oak. But there is a nice perfume here peeking through at times. An attractively cool style, the fruit well defined compared to the aromatics on the nose, the texture quite creamy but well framed and with well described edges. There are some very polished tannins, with just a hint of grain to them, veering towards a touch of chewiness later in the palate. Good acids though. A promising and perhaps undervalued wine, with a lovely perfumed finish. Rating: 16.5-17.5/20 Chris Kissack, 2011)

Dense, smoky rich fruit, succulent flavours over classic structure, fine freshness and strong tannins for the long term, probably the best ever from this rather discreet 4th Growth. Drink 2020-35. Rating: ****18 Steven Spurrier(Apr 2011)

A blackberry and black currants with minerals and full body. Loads going. Juicy red. Rating: 92-93 James Suckling, 2011)

Dark and winey, displaying a smoke-filled core of roasted plum, fig and anise, with plush tannins and a long finish, where the anise note hangs on nicely. Textbook St. Julien. Rating: 91-94 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2011)

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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