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75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc. Very dark. Starts almost as easy as its stablemate Gloria, fat and filled-out, a full, rich, supple weight - there's a real richness to this although it remains supple, easy. They think this is a vintage which will drink well young as well as ageing well. Rating: 91-92 L&S (Apr 2016)
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Like its stablemate, Château Gloria, St. Pierre has made a deliciously refined wine in 2015, combining succulent black fruits with filigree tannins and supporting acidity. The oak, even at this young age, feels like an integral part of the blend. Drinking range: 2024 - 2032 Rating: 94 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(May 2016)
This is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc. Fresh and very sweet fruit on the nose, smoky and slightly sulphurous on a second sample, still showing fine black cherry fruit though, with some real perfume. The palate shows a really supple and convincing texture, some real breadth and conviction here, for the appellation at least, with lots of oaky spice and lactone sensations, with piles of ripe grip too, especially in the finish. A gentle but still attractive wine. Rating: 15.5-16.5/20 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2016)
Big, crunchy cassis fruit from 75% Cabernet Sauvignon with a lift from 6% Cabernet Franc. Very good depth and tannins with complexity to come. New cellars have continued the progress of this undervalued estate. Drinking range: 2021 - 2035 Rating: 92 Steven Spurrier(Apr 2016)
Blackish crimson. Not the ripest on the nose. A little too austere? Ticks boxes rather the tugs at heart strings. A little low key. Drinking range: 2024 - 2038 Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2016)
The 2015 Château Saint Pierre is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc cropped at 48 hl/ha between 21 September and 7 October, matured in 50% new oak. It has a tightly wound bouquet with blackberry, raspberry and cedar, just a touch of pencil shaving surfacing with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent tannin on the entry, quite tensile with a fine bead of acidity. This is not the most complex Saint-Pierre that I have encountered, although it possesses 2015's elegance and refinement. This will have more to give after bottling and may ultimately overtake Gloria. Tasted twice with consistent notes. Drinking range: 2020 - 2035 Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Apr 2016)
One of the pleasant surprises of the vintage, the 2015 Saint-Pierre offers terrific depth and overall intensity. There is more than enough richness to match the virile tannins. Crème de cassis, game, mocha, lavender, mint and sweet spices are fused together in this deep, unctuous wine. This is an especially dense, extracted Saint-Julien but it shows good overall balance as well as potential. The blend is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc. Rating: 90-93 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Apr 2016)
A dark, strapping style, offering lots of tarry-edged grip around the blackberry and plum compote notes, with a pretty espresso hint through the finish. Lush overall, as the vintage’s velvety tannins are here in spades. Rating: 90—93 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2016)
Linear and lively with pretty blueberry, blackberry character. Polished tannins. Fine finish. Rating: 91-92 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Mar 2016)
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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