Saint Pierre 2012

SubregionSt Julien

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Tasting Notes

A soft, somewhat fleshy and opulent style of St.-Julien, this 2012 has a deep ruby/purple color, good minerality, moderate tannin, and a full but more precocious and accessible style than its neighbors such as Léoville Poyferré and Beychevelle. This is more along the lines of the juicy, succulent Talbot, but certainly has aging potential. Two to four years of bottle age is recommended and then consumption over the following two decades.
Drink: 2017 - 2039

Score: 91Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (218), April 2015

A blockbuster effort for the vintage, the 2012 Saint-Pierre exhibits a dense purple color along with a big, sweet nose of blackberries, coffee, forest floor and camphor. This is a seriously endowed, surprisingly full-bodied effort that is atypically rich and textured for the vintage. Kudos to Saint-Pierre, one of the smallest but finest and most consistent of the St.-Julien chateaux. Give it 3-4 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 15+ years.

Score: 91/93Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (206), April 2013

A blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot cropped at 38hl/ha the Saint Pierre 2012 has a nicely defined, conservative bouquet of blackberry, graphite and cold stone. The Cabernet feels ripe and like many wines, it is direct, no-frills bouquet. The palate is medium-bodied with a crisp, chalky texture entry. There is a pleasant brightness to this Saint Pierre with an edgy, graphite tinged finish. Very fine. Tasted April 2013.

Score: 91/93Neal Martin,, May 2013

Intriguing vibrant nose. Lots of vitality here. The experience of tasting this wine is pretty seamless. It certainly finishes dry but offers lots of interest and diversion on the way. No excess sweetness.

Score: 17.5Jancis Robinson MW,, April 2013

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. 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot aged in 60% new oak. This has a deep colour and a concentrated nose of summer pudding, bramble, cinnamon and cloves. Impressively inky and dark on the palate with classic cassis, cedar and cigar box notes. Great concentration here with some firm tannins at the finish. Built to last.

Score: 16Farr Vintners, March 2013

Although the nose is firm and tight very black fruit influenced the palate has the sweetness of ripe fruit. Mid tannins give structure but feel ripe not holding back fruit expression and there is lots of cassis on both the back palate and finish. 2020-35

Score: 88/91Derek Smedley MW, May 2013

Score: 91Tim Atkin MW,, April 2013

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