The dense, deep ruby/purple-colored 2011 Saint-Pierre is a more masculine wine in this light to mid-weight vintage. It reveals serious structure, tannin and meat, but whether or not it all comes together over the next 4-5 years is a legitimate question. With good purity and chewiness, it is a fuller, riper, bigger style, but it is not yet knit fully. There is plenty of potential, but only time will tell. Forget it for 3-4 years, and keep your fingers crossed.
|Score: 87+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (212), April 2014|
This 2011 boasts a dense ruby/purple color as well as copious notes of creme de cassis, incense, lead pencil shavings and perhaps a hint of truffles. Medium to full-bodied with surprising density, impressive purity, decent acidity and serious length, this St.-Julien should easily last for two decades or more.
While the 2011 Saint-Pierre will not make anyone forget the 2009 or 2010, it is an outstanding effort. Yields were somewhat higher than at other estates (42 hectoliters per hectare), and the final blend includes a whopping 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc that came in at 13% natural alcohol. Proprietor Jean-Louis Triaud has been on a qualitative tear with this estate as well as with his much larger property, Gloria.
|Score: 90/93||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (200), April 2012|
The Saint Pierre is a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. It has a wonderful bouquet that equals the 2009 and 2010 with superb delineation and focus, surfeit with exuberant red fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with mineral rich raspberry and strawberry fruit struck through with graphite and tobacco. Very poised on the finish, this is a very impressive Saint Julien. Tasted April 2012.
|Score: 91/93||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2012|
Shows aromas and flavors of blueberries and minerals. Medium to full body, with polished tannins and a minerally aftertaste. Reminds me of the 2004.
|Score: 89/90||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2012|
81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc. 60% new oak. This is one of the most improved Estates in all of Bordeaux, Now making a Saint Julien of top quality. The last few vintages have been of real super-second quality and have matched or beaten the big names in blind tastings. Big, bold black fruit here. An opulent nose is followed by a blockbuster palate full of spicy cassis richness and classic structure. Impressive concentration and fine balance. Another Saint Pierre that matches the top names of the appelation.
|Score: 16.5||Farr Vintners, March 2012|
Like his other property, Château Gloria, Jean-Louis Tiraud's St Pierre has over achieved in 2011, producing a wine with even more guts and stuffing than normal. Dense black fruits, nicely framed tannins, fresh acidity and good concentration distinguish the wine. If the price is reasonable, this is a wine for lovers of age-worthy claret. 10+ years.
|Score: 93||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2012|
Very good floral but firm fruit-- a very good expression of Saint-Julien from a château that is on top form. Drink 2015-2025
|Score: 17||Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 2012|