Château St Pierre, 4ème Cru Classé, St Julien, 2011

  Château St Pierre

Henri Martin of Chateau Gloria bought this estate in 1982, but promptly sold off several parcels to amongst others, Ducru Beaucaillou. At just 17 hectares, St Pierre is the smallest estate in St Julien and only produces 5000 cases a year; a great shame as the wine has become so good... Henri’s daughter Françoise and her husband Jean-Louis Triaud live at the Chateau and manage the estate. Neighbouring such luminaries as Gruaud Laroze, Beychevelle and Branaire Ducru, and being planted with plenty of old vine Cabernet, it is no surprise that the wines display such intensity and power; the only surprise is why they didn’t produce better wines until so recently? The 2009 and 2010 were two of the best wines from the commune and 2011 proves they were no flukes. Deep, intense bouquet of Asian spice, crème de cassis and cedar. The palate possesses superb extract, masses of concentration and wonderfully defined fruit notes. Not as profound as the exceptional 2009 and 2011, but not far off. It is striking how they have managed to extract such magnificent colours and fruit content, yet the tannins are expertly managed. Another vin de garde from St Pierre.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château St Pierre

Saint Pierre was one of the most obscure classified growths until very recently, but under the directorship of Henri Martin (owner of Gloria), this small estate his emerged as a somewhat unlikely threat to the established order. In fact, this wine now regularly pops up in conversation alongside the likes of Ducru Beaucaillou, Leoville Las Cases and Leoville Poyferre. The style is classic, but polished with inky colour and profound depth. In 2009 and 2010 this estate reached new levels of excellence, but this has become a property we expect to excel year in year out.

Appellation: St Julien

St-Julien may not have any first growths like its neighbour Pauillac but has a raft of high-performing Châteaux in its ranks, second through to fourth growths, Including Ducru-Beaucaillou, Léoville Las Cases, Léoville-Poyferré, Léoville-Barton.
Gruaud-Larose and Talbot. For many St-Julien is quintessential claret, robust, powerful but refined subtle and poised. Gravelly soils dominate, hence wide plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot.

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot | Cab. Franc

The hallowed Bordeaux trinity of grape varieties that form the stock left bank blend. Cabernet's Sauvignon's acidic, tannic complex qualities marry ideally with Merlot's sweet, softy flesh characteristics, and Cabernet Franc's finesse and freshness. This classic combination has worked so successfully in Bordeaux that it is now mirrored the world over, particularly in warm sunny climates such as the Languedoc, Tuscany, South Africa, Australia and Napa Valley.