The 2016 Saint-Pierre has plenty of fruit intensity on the nose but maintains a sense of control and class. Blackberry, briar, cedar and light pencil shaving aromas develop in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, good depth and more substance and vigor than the Gloria. The saline, structured finish exerts impressive grip. A fantastic Saint-Julien. Drink 2022-2048
|Score: 94||Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019|
The 2016 Chateau Saint-Pierre is a blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc picked between 29 September and 3 October for the Merlot and 5-17 October for the Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is matured is 50% new oak. The Cabernet comes through strongly on the nose as you would expect: quite intense black fruit, graphite and just a touch of dried herbs. There is lovely definition and focus on display. The palate is well balanced with grainy tannin, a crisp line of acidity, classic in style in keeping with the style of the vintage with very fine mineralité and tension towards the sprightly finish. It is one of the most Pauillac-like Château Saint-Pierres that I have tasted, a very well crafted, almost understated but sophisticated wine that will age for 20 to 30 years. This is a fantastic Saint Julien that may well rest at the top of my banded score. Drink 2022 - 2050.
|Score: 94/96||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017|
Aged for 14 months in 50% new and 50% one-year-old French oak and blended of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Saint-Pierre leaps from the glass with exuberant Black Forest cake, blackberry compote and cassis with hints of cigars, earth and violets with a waft of iron ore. Medium-bodied, the palate has a firm frame of grainy tannins with fantastic energy and depth, finishing on a lingering chocolaty note. 2021 - 2046
|Score: 94+||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim No), November 2018|
This is fantastic, offering lots of fresh tobacco and blackcurrants and undertones of hazelnuts and chocolate. Full-bodied with firm and chewy tannins, yet ever so polished and refined. One of the most structured St. Pierre’s in years. A blend of 73 per cent cabernet sauvignon, 21 per cent merlot and six per cent cabernet franc. Try from 2024.
|Score: 96||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2019|
Blueberry, blackberry and fresh currant-leaf character. Full-bodied, refined, beautiful, dense and tight. Great depth. Best ever.
|Score: 94/95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017|
The 2016 Saint-Pierre (Saint-Julien) is a powerful, brooding Saint-Julien. Smoke, game, licorice, menthol and grilled herbs add to a feeling of gravitas and pure power. Huge on the palate, with tremendous depth and exceptional balance, Saint-Pierre is once again one of the Sleeper wines of the Left Bank. Don't miss it. Tasted two times. Drink 2024-2046.
|Score: 94||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2019|
A potential sleeper for the vintage, the 2016 Saint-Pierre (Saint-Julien) is terrific. Graphite, smoke, spice, crème de cassis and grilled herbs all show a strong Cabernet Sauvignon imprint. That carries through to the wine's structure, where the tannins are firm and incisive yet nicely integrated. Vivid and nuanced, with terrific energy as well as class, the 2016 Saint-Pierre is a winner. Today, it is bold, racy and ripe; if it softens over time, it will be even better than this note suggests. Tasted three times.
|Score: 91/94||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017|
Dark purple. Sweet peppery notes on the nose. Very glossy and friendly. Sweet start and then quite chewy. Well put together if a tad inky on the end. Not quite enough density on the finish for perfection.
|Score: 17-||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017|
This is one of the most improved Estates in all of Bordeaux. Now making a Saint Julien of top quality from 17 hectares of vines, planted with 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc. The last few vintages have been of real super-second quality and have matched or beaten the big names in blind tastings. This is the second vintage to be made in the new winery. The 2016 is composed of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc, with 50% new oak. With a deep colour and lots of smoky new French oak on the nose, this is a brooding, rich wine. The palate is ripe with cassis and kirsch, with firm and quite extracted tannins providing a very sappy texture. The acidity tones back the wine, making it plush and polished but not over-ripe or over-extracted. Smoky and spicy on a long finish.
|Score: 15.5+||Farr Vintners, April 2017|
Coming from 50-year-old vines and a blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, the 2016 Château Saint-Pierre (Saint-Julien) is in the same ballpark as the 2015 yet shows a slightly more elegant, classic feel, which is very much in the style of the vintage. Beautiful notes of crème de cassis, black raspberries, crushed rocks, tobacco, and lead pencil shavings as well as some smoky notes with time in the glass all flow to a deep, full-bodied, concentrated Saint-Julien that has fine tannin, flawless balance and integration, no hard edges, and a great finish. This brilliant wine from winemaker Jean-Louis Triaud will benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age and keep for 25-30 years. Drink 2023-2053.
|Score: 96+||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, February 2019|
Firm at the start the nose has a minty freshness the palate slightly tight but it opens up in the middle with a mix of sweet black fruits. Under the richness bramble and bilberry refresh with rich black cherry giving depth on the finish. 2025-40
|Score: 89/93||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017|
Just a notch below its stable mate, Château Gloria, in 2016, but this is still a very serious St Julien from the Henri Martin portfolio. Concentrated, firm and vigorous, with leafy aromas, layered dark berry and tobacco flavours and plenty of supporting tannin. 2026-36
|Score: 93||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017|
Structured and measured with grippy tannins, this is a subtle yet extremely successful wine. Fully ripe black fruits are joined by gentle spices that slowly curl up through the palate. These guys have been delivering such a fantastic run of vintages and continue to do so here - for me yet another St-Julien that is clearly better than the 2015.
Drinking Window 2027 - 2045
|Score: 95||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017|