2018 Saint-Pierre (St-Julien)

Powerful purple fruit, pencil shavings, cedar and vanilla. Also a touch of minty freshness. Finer than the Gloria we taste it with, though both are very St-Julien. This is more complex, and sharper (more acidity at the back of the palate). Young and well-marked by oak just now, but a lot of aging potential here. (NT 01/05/19)
Origin
St-Julien, Medoc, Bordeaux FRANCE
Colour
red
Wine Style
dry
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon
Closure Style
cork
Maturity
young
Bottle Size
75cl
Case Quantity
6
Wine Score
95 points, Jane Anson, decanter.com, April 2019
16 points, Julia Harding, jancisrobinson.com, April 2019
94-96 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, robertparker.com, April 2019
92-95 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2019
96-98 points, Chris Kissack,
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Media Reviews

Jane Anson

A St-Julien name that I can`t recommend highly enough, Château Saint-Pierre 2018 is extremely architectural in feel, a beautiful, confident, masculine, muscled wine with vertical walls - although it`s interesting to note it has slightly lower alcohol than some other St-Juliens. It`s intense in its black fruit and charcoal character, rippling with tannins. I am full of admiration for this impressive wine that demands your attention. 95 points

Julia Harding

Deepest purple colour. Aromatic with dark red fruit and tea leaf, even a touch floral. Sadly, that fruit is rather overwhelmed by the oak on the palate, but the tannins are smooth if quite dense. Chewy finish. 16 points

Lisa Perrotti-Brown

The deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Saint-Pierre displays shy scents of rose hip tea, dried mint, crushed rocks and lavender to begin, opening out to a growing core of warm blackcurrants, baked blackberries and Morello cherries plus wafts of garrigue and wild sage. Full-bodied and absolutely laden with black fruits and provocative mineral sparks, it has a firm texture of grainy tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing long and savory. Aging is anticipated to be for 14 months in 50% new and 50% second-fill barrels. The blend is currently 77% Cabernet Sauvignon and 23% Merlot. 94-96 points

Antonio Galloni

A powerful, virile wine, the 2018 Saint-Pierre is also one of the highlights of the vintage. Black cherry, graphite, smoke, leather, menthol, violet and spice meld together in a brooding, tannic Saint-Julien that is going to need a bit of time to truly come into its own. Saint-Pierre is muscular, massively tannic and forbidding, and yet there is a ton of fruit behind all of that structure. Cabernet Sauvignon features heavily in the blend, and that comes through in the wine`s flavor profile and overall feel. Readers will have to be patient. I can`t wait to taste it from bottle. The 2018 is 77% Cabernet Sauvignon and 23% Merlot. Tasted four times. 92-95 points

Chris Kissack

An impressive Cabernet dominance in the blend here, with 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the balance is entirely Merlot. The declared alcohol is a surprisingly modest 13%. It presents a wonderfully evocative style on the nose, all brightly creamed black cherry, with a smoky backdrop. The palate shows an immediate sense of substance and polish, with a great wealth of ripe and seductive tannins, coursing beneath a bed of deliciously creamed and perfumed black plums and black cherries. There is a great grip here, underpinning a fine substance, making this a really strong showing from this domaine, easily matching some of the biggest names in the appellation. A huge result here. Bravo. 96-98 points

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