Their 2006 is tight and brooding displaying a dense palate of dark berry fruit and roastedcoffee. Ample yet focused, it finishes fresh and clean on its structured, fine tannins. Excellentpotential.
A candidate for one of the finest St.-Juliens of the vintage, St.-Pierre's 2006 is one of thesmaller productions in this consistent appellation, making it difficult to find in the marketplace. Its deep opaque purple color is accompanied by notes of roasted herbs, charcoal, graphite, and extravagant creme de cassis and licorice. Full-bodied, powerful, deep, and rich with outstanding balance, purity, texture, and length, this stunning 2006 will be very long-lived. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2030.
A terrific success for this small, somewhat under the radar St.-Julien, St.-Pierre's 2006 exhibitsan inky/blue/purple color in addition to a beautiful bouquet of sweet black cherries, black currants, graphite, toasty oak, and earth. Made in a surprisingly fat, opulent style, it possesses abundant fruit and glycerin as well as a heady, long finish. This stunning wine should firm up in bottle, and drink well for two decades or more. Drink: 2007 - 2027.
Richer than the Gloria with breadth of ripe fruit. Very chewy on the finish but serious and savoury.
Being the smallest château in St Julien of only 17 hectares St Pierre can often be overlooked. It is squeezed between the two largest châteaux of Lagrange and Talbot, properties which have vineyard holdings of 113 and 107 hectares respectively-the largest in all of the Médoc. However with just one taste, one can tell that they have some of the best terroir of the appellation. Dating back to the 17th century, St Pierre took its name from the 18th century from its then owner, Baron de St Pierre. After multiple metamorphoses, it ended up in 1982 in the hands of Henri Martin, the previous manager of Château Latour and the owner of Château Gloria. Martin was then 78 years old but full of vivacious energy and began transforming the estate. Today, it is run by his daughter Françoise and her husband Jean-Louis Triaud. They hold a total of 17 hectares comprised of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.
St Julien is like the middle child of the Médoc - not as assertive as Pauillac or as coquettish as Margaux. It lies firmly between the two more outspoken communes and as a result produces a blend of them both. St Julien's wines have often been sought out by aficionados for their balance and consistency, particularly in the UK. Yet due to its middle child nature, it can occasionally be overlooked globally and as a result underrated by those markets outside the UK. Despite the fact that it has no first growths, it has several second growths including Léoville Las Cases, Léoville Barton, Léoville Poyferré and Ducru Beaucaillou as well as the celebrated châteaux such as Talbot and Beychevelle.