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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 - www.JancisRobinson.com(Nov 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 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(Mar 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 OBE MBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Jan 2014)
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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