2020 - Ch St Pierre 4ème Cru St Julien
Colour
Red
Producer
Château St-Pierre
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2028 - 2051
Case size
6x75cl
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2020 CH ST PIERRE 4ÈME CRU ST JULIEN - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château St-Pierre
Region
St Julien
Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2028 - 2051
Case size
6x75cl
Available Later
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Case price £231.00
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Tasting Notes

  • NM

    Neal Martin, May 2021,
    Score: 92-94

    The 2020 Saint-Pierre has a distinctly Pauillac-like nose with veins of graphite and mint infusing the black fruit, focused and full of tension. This is very classy. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins that belie the structure underneath. It has good grip, and comes across quite strict and correct. If I am to quibble, and quibble I will, it maybe doesn’t finish with the fireworks that I have noticed on other recent superlative vintages. Perhaps that might develop in barrel. If so, it will warrant a higher score. Drink 2025 - 2050

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, May 2021,
    Score: 94-96

    Deep purple-black in color, the 2020 Saint-Pierre bursts with baked blackberries, stewed plums and cassis, followed by hints of dried mint, chocolate box and tapenade with a waft of pencil lead. The medium-bodied palate is elegantly styled with impressive freshness and ripe, fine-grained tannins supporting the energetic black fruits, finishing on a lingering fragrant earth note. The blend is 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc, aging for around 14 months in French oak barrels, 50% new. The alcohol is 13.3%. Drink 2026-2047

  • DC

    Decanter, May 2021,
    Score: 94

    This is excellent, really the most gorgeous balance of power, with dark blueberry juicy fruits and lots of liquorice. Excellent balance and a seductive overall frame. Great stuff - the tannins are pretty fierce though, needs time, will reward ageing. Drink 2028-2044

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, June 2021,
    Score: 93-95

    The 2020 Saint-Pierre (Saint-Julien) is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine. Inky, rich and explosive, the 2020 possesses magnificent intensity from start to finish. Crème de cassis, lavender, spice, chocolate, licorice, graphite and menthol infuse the 2020 with striking depth. The 2020 is heady and unctuous, but not at all overdone. It is one of my early favorites in this vintage, within its peer group. Tasted two times. Drink 2035 - 2050

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, May 2021,
    Score: 96-98

    Is this the best St Pierre I have tasted? possibly so… this has the makings to be one of the stellar wines of the vintage that should be on everybody’s radar. So composed and pure, with all the dark berry characters often quoted for the vintage, a slight medicinal touch and cedar edge. The key is its balance and graceful confidence, the tannins are pitch-perfect, and the light acid touch lifts all these wonderful components. Amazing length. Suffice to say I went back to retaste this special wine on a number of occasions and it never disappointed.

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2021,
    Score: 95-96

    A firm, very structured wine from here, with intense tannins that are very polished and long. Pure fruit. One of the best in a long time.

  • WCI

    Wine Cellar Insider, May 2021,
    Score: 93-95

    Seductive, with loads of ripe, dark, fresh, polished, earthy, black currants, cedar, toasty oak, licorice and spice. The wine is soft, polished, fresh and focused, leaving you with layers of deep ripe fruits, a touch of coffee bean, cocoa and currants. This should age and evolve for 25 years or more.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2021,
    Score: 16.5

    Dark purplish crimson. Tobacco-leaf dry spice on the nose. Pretty flatteringly round palate entry and then some acidity and a hint of oak. Not the most intense on the palate and very unknit at present. Dry finish, not surprisingly… Sturdy rather than ethereal. 13.3%. Drink 2027 – 2043

  • JD

    Jeb Dunnuck, May 2021,
    Score: 94-96

    The 2020 Château Saint-Pierre (Saint-Julien) looks to be beautiful, with a fresher, focused, yet still powerful style that fits nicely into the vintage. Lots of black and blue fruits, crushed stone, and graphite define the nose, and it's full-bodied, with a great mid-palate, ripe yet building tannins, and a great finish. It's going to need time to integrate its oak, but the purity of fruit, quality of the tannins, and balance are all spot on. Tasted twice with consistent notes.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, May 2021,
    Score: 17.5+

    This is quite a structured powerful and oaky wine with some tough, skinsy flavours which don’t allow the palate to relax for a moment. I think that Saint-Pierre crosses the line of balance and takes a step into a degree of rawness and harshness in 2020 and this is solely to do with the level of extraction. It is simply just a little too coarse and the oak has grabbed onto this note and augmented the astringency further. Will it work itself back into a state of equilibrium? I think the jury is out, hence a very rare ‘?’ for this wine.

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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.