St Pierre & Gloria 2016 | A pair of critically acclaimed St Juliens

May 19th 2017

St Julien’s wines are often sought out for their balance and consistency, and 2016 is a vintage par excellence for the commune, hailed by the critics and trade alike. This morning sees two releases: Ch St Pierre at £545 and Ch Gloria at £360.


Ch St Pierre 4ème Cru St Julien 2016
£545 per 12 bottles IB
£555 per 6 magnums IB

With a distinctly graphite lift on the nose, this wine’s Cabernet Sauvignon is sophisticated and elegant. The dark fruit tones have excellent intensity, and the tannins add savoury complexity to the fresh balance of this wine. Drink 2021-2031. Goedhuis, 91-93 points

The Cabernet comes through strongly on the nose as you would expect: quite intense black fruit, graphite and just a touch of dried herbs. There is lovely definition and focus on display. The palate is well balanced with grainy tannin, a crisp line of acidity, classic in style in keeping with the style of the vintage with very fine mineralité and tension towards the sprightly finish. It is one of the most Pauillac-like Château Saint-Pierres that I have tasted, a very well crafted, almost understated but sophisticated wine that will age for 20 to 30 years. This is a fantastic Saint Julien that may well rest at the top of my banded score. Neal Martin, 94-96 points

A potential sleeper for the vintage, the 2016 Saint-Pierre (Saint-Julien) is terrific. Graphite, smoke, spice, crème de cassis and grilled herbs all show a strong Cabernet Sauvignon imprint. That carries through to the wine’s structure, where the tannins are firm and incisive yet nicely integrated. Vivid and nuanced, with terrific energy as well as class, the 2016 Saint-Pierre is a winner. Today, it is bold, racy and ripe; if it softens over time, it will be even better than this note suggests. Antonio Galloni, 91-94 points

Ch Gloria St Julien 2016
£360 per 12 bottles IB
£370 per 6 magnums IB

As always a wine that sits beautifully in its category for its price quality ratio. Shining purple colour, it has pure dark elderberry aromas. In the palate, it is a very enticing harmonious style, with ripe rounded black fruit flavours, a feeling of richness, and subtle smooth tannins. A real star. Drink 2022-2032. Goedhuis, 91-93 points

This is a little more backward and broody compared to the Saint-Pierre and indeed its Saint Julien peers, demanding more coaxing from the glass. It almost reluctantly unfolds and unveils subtle pencil box and dry tobacco aromas. The palate is more outgoing than the aromatics with a vibrant, almost citrus-fresh opening, tensile tannins and a satisfying sense of energy. This feels nimble and agile in the mouth with a touch of white pepper lingering on the aftertaste. You come away with the feeling that this Gloria has something up its sleeve for those with patience to cellar it for eight to ten years. Neal Martin, 93-95 points

The 2016 Gloria is striking. Ripe, dense and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2016 exudes class. Super-ripe red cherry, plum, pomegranate, rose petal, cinnamon and licorice notes abound, but it is the wine’s juiciness and overall texture that are most appealing, A super-classic Saint-Julien, Gloria delivers serious quality for the money. Despite its obvious depth and fleshiness, the 2016 Gloria is also one of the most restrained, gracious Saint-Juliens readers will come across. Antonio Galloni, 92-95 points