Possibly the most flamboyant of the St Julien wines at the UGC tasting. This instantly jumps out of the glass with its lovely sweet juicy black cherry fruit aromas and flavours. A wine which highlights the very best of modern wine making techniques; lovely, moreish and an absolute pleasure to taste.
A blockbuster effort for the vintage, the 2012 Saint-Pierre exhibits a dense purple color along with a big, sweet nose of blackberries, coffee, forest floor and camphor. This is a seriously endowed, surprisingly full-bodied effort that is atypically rich and textured for the vintage. Kudos to Saint-Pierre, one of the smallest but finest and most consistent of the St.-Julien chateaux. Give it 3-4 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 15+ years. Drink 2016 - 2031
A blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot cropped at 38hl/ha the Saint Pierre 2012 has a nicely defined, conservative bouquet of blackberry, graphite and cold stone. The Cabernet feels ripe and like many wines, it is direct, no-frills bouquet. The palate is medium-bodied with a crisp, chalky texture entry. There is a pleasant brightness to this Saint Pierre with an edgy, graphite tinged finish. Very fine. Tasted April 2013.
Intriguing vibrant nose. Lots of vitality here. The experience of tasting this wine is pretty seamless. It certainly finishes dry but offers lots of interest and diversion on the way. No excess sweetness. Drink 2022-2038
Displays a lightly herbal frame, with damson plum and cherry pit notes leading the way. A flash of savory lines the modest finish. —J.M.
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.