2010 - Ch St Pierre 4ème Cru St Julien
Colour
Red
Producer
Château St-Pierre
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2020 - 2036
Case size
12x75cl
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2010 CH ST PIERRE 4ÈME CRU ST JULIEN - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château St-Pierre
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2020 - 2036
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
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Case price £920.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2011,
    Score: 91-94

    One of the lesser known Cru Classés that we always appreciate for its complexity, polish and style. The 2010 is discreet on the nose but ample on the palate with lots of firm yet velvety tannins and sweet, succulent fruits and lingering spice. A fine St. Julien that will age beautifully. RK

  • NM1

    Neal Martin, April 2020,
    Score: 93

    Two bottles of the 2010 Saint-Pierre were poured, the first just slightly oxidised. The bouquet is comparatively light with blackberry and raspberry aromas, never really quite taking off from the glass like others. The palate is better, much better, with plenty of mineral-rich black fruit, a superb line of acidity and wonderful precision on the finish. I suspect that the fact that we could not decant the second substitute bottle contributed to the slightly subdued aromatics, but I think there is real class here. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 10-Year On Bordeaux horizontal. o 2023-2050

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2011,
    Score: 88-90

    Tasted at a negociant, the nose is a little alcoholic, especially compared next to the far more refined Chateau Gloria. This is too heady for me. The palate is medium-bodied with rather angular tannins, powdery in texture, nice purity on the finish with blackberry, pain grille and graphite, long towards the finish. A very fine Saint Pierre, though it pales next to Gloria.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, February 2013,
    Score: 97

    The final blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot has resulted in a wine of great power, stature, gravitas and density. The wine has a black purple color and a brilliant nose of scorched earth, creme de cassis, espresso roast, blackberries, truffles and licorice. Full-bodied, extremely powerful, yet with abundant sweet tannin, this stunning effort should prove sensational if given 7-10 years of cellaring. It should also last for 30-40 years. This is another brilliant wine from Jean-Louis Triaud, who is also responsible for the brilliant resurrection of the cru bourgeois, Gloria. This is one of the smallest estates in St.-Julien, with only about 6,000 cases produced, and even less were produced in 2010 than in 2009.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, May 2011,
    Score: 95-97+

    A killer trilogy (2008, 2009 and 2010) has been produced by Saint-Pierre and the 2010 is unquestionably one of the all-time great wines this estate has yet made. A candidate for one of the top wines of this remarkable vintage, it offers a thunderball of fruit, extract, glycerin and intensity. Its black/purple color is accompanied by notes of melted licorice, camphor, blackberries, blueberries, creme de cassis and subtle background oak, amazing concentration, unbelievable opulence and intense, but sweet, well-integrated tannins. Moreover, because of lower pH's and higher total acids across the board in 2010, and despite the high alcohols (this wine'salcohol content must be 14.5+%), the overall impression is one of elegance, freshness and precision. This cuvee reminded me somewhat of a St.-Julien version of another of the superstars of the vintage, the 2010 Pichon Longueville Baron. The 2010 Saint-Pierre should drink well for 30-40 years. Drink: 2011 - 2051

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2011,
    Score: 92-93

    A blackberry and black currants with minerals and full body. Loads going. Juicy red.

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2011,
    Score: 18

    Dense, smoky rich fruit, succulent flavours over classic structure, fine freshness and strong tannins for the long term, probably the best ever from this rather discreet 4th Growth. Drink 2020-35.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2011,
    Score: 17

    Tasted 5 Apr: Bright, deep crimson. Very fresh and aromatic. Sweet and rich but only after the freshness of the nose. Very nice for the medium term. Clean and brisk. Tasted blind 8 Apr: Only mid intensity of crimson. Savoury tobacco-leaf aromas. Great solid whack of fruit intensity on the front palate makes its presence felt in this, the first St-Julien I taste immediately after a run of Haut-Médocs. Very solid indeed. This will need quite a time to resolve itself into a gentle drink as opposed to a half-formed monument. Bone dry. (Score: 16.5++ 20-35). Drink 2018-2030

  • WS

    Wine Spectator, April 2011,
    Score: 91-94

    Dark and winey, displaying a smoke-filled core of roasted plum, fig and anise, with plush tannins and a long finish, where the anise note hangs on nicely. Textbook St. Julien. -J.M.

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Producer

Château St-Pierre

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.

Region

St Julien

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.