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CHÂTEAU SAINT PIERRE

2014 4ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

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

78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc. This is only the 4th time they have added Cabernet Franc here, and there is a noticeable elegance to the wine. Great St Julien feel. This packs a lovely punch. Sophisticated, classic shape. A touch of mulberry and lovely cooked plum are perfectly framed by gentle notes of dried tobacco and then a persistent build of fine tannin. Stylish, elegant and really tastes like proper claret. Dense fruit, good ripeness, but no fat here. Recommended. Rating: 93-94 L&S (Apr 2015)

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The 2014 Saint-Pierre has the most fruit-driven bouquet of the flight of Saint Julien wines with copious red cherries, boysenberry and fig-like scents. It certainly is the one with the immediate appeal rather than intrinsic complexity. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, quite solid tannin that provide good backbone to support the weight of fruit. There is a lot of extraction here but everything remains nicely proportioned and there is more than enough freshness towards the finish. This should not be under-estimated and it will provide long-term drinking pleasure. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. Drinking range: 2020 - 2045 Rating: 93 Neal Martin, vinous.com(Mar 2018)

The Château Saint-Pierre 2014 is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc. There is a sense of harmony and focus on the nose: nicely defined with a touch of tobacco developing in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with good grip, quite saline and sappy in the mouth with spice on the structured finish. This is a more masculine Saint-Pierre, but it is well crafted with very good length. It just feels rather conservative compared to some of its Saint Julien siblings. Drinking range: 2018 - 2030 Rating: 88-90 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(May 2015)

Lovely fruit with vibrant flavours and a well-structured finish. This château has gained in elegance and depth recently and its 2014 is all in balance for a good future. (Highly Recommended St-Julien, Decanter.) Drinking range: 2019 - 2032 Rating: 90+ Steven Spurrier(Apr 2015)

The 2014 Saint Pierre offers good depth and intensity, even if some slightly angular contours remain. Smoke, tobacco, game, licorice and incense are all pushed forward in a dark, powerful St. Julien. Today, the 2014 comes across as a bit rustic. It will be interesting to see what time brings. Rating: 88-90 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Apr 2015)

78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc. 50% new oak. 32 hl/ha. Very good Cabernet Franc which ripened well and slowly – only the fourth time it has been included in the grand vin. Very deep glowing crimson. Very Cabernet on the nose with just a hint of oak. Cool and inky. Very restrained and almost timid but there is a good charge of fruit and tannins and no excess acidity. Just ripe enough but with attractive freshness. Focused and set for the long term. Ambitious and sinewy but restrained and backward now. Hums along and is especially impressive on the finish. Super correct. A little dry but not drying on the end at present. Drinking range: 2024 - 2040 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2015)

Depth the nose has a brooding richness and the start of the palate has sweetness. Under the sweet fruit bramble and bilberry refresh the tannins are obvious but fine and well handled then it fills out at the back the finish sweet and black fruited. Drinking range: 2026 - 2040 Rating: 91-97 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk(Apr 2015)

This bijou fourth growth always makes great value reds. The 2014 is firmer than stablemate Château Gloria, with compact, hunkered down tannins, plenty of aromatic oak and rich, concentrated black fruits. The latest in a long line of very well made wines. Drinking range: 2020 - 2032 Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Apr 2015)

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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