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Saint Pierre 2020

SubregionSt Julien
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

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.

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Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Qty Units Price IB GBP Per Score
Bordeaux2020Saint PierreBT3 \ 036462.001292/94 NM3651.33333333333394.0092.00Saint Pierre0.7510
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Tasting Notes

The 2020 Saint-Pierre has a distinctly Pauillac-like nose with veins of graphite and mint infusing the black fruit, focused and full of tension. This is very classy. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins that belie the structure underneath. It has good grip, and comes across quite strict and correct. If I am to quibble, and quibble I will, it maybe doesn’t finish with the fireworks that I have noticed on other recent superlative vintages. Perhaps that might develop in barrel. If so, it will warrant a higher score. 2025 - 2050

Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2021

A firm, very structured wine from here, with intense tannins that are very polished and long. Pure fruit. One of the best in a long time.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2021

Deep purple-black in color, the 2020 Saint-Pierre bursts with baked blackberries, stewed plums and cassis, followed by hints of dried mint, chocolate box and tapenade with a waft of pencil lead. The medium-bodied palate is elegantly styled with impressive freshness and ripe, fine-grained tannins supporting the energetic black fruits, finishing on a lingering fragrant earth note. The blend is 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc, aging for around 14 months in French oak barrels, 50% new. The alcohol is 13.3%. 2026 - 2047

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, May 2021

This is excellent, really the most gorgeous balance of power, with dark blueberry juicy fruits and lots of liquorice. Excellent balance and a seductive overall frame. Great stuff - the tannins are pretty fierce though, needs time, will reward ageing.

Drinking Window 2028 - 2044

Jane Anson, Decanter.com, May 2021

Full bottle 1,290 g. Cask sample taken 31 March. Vines with an average age of 50 years. 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc.
Dark purplish crimson. Tobacco-leaf dry spice on the nose. Pretty flatteringly round palate entry and then some acidity and a hint of oak. Not the most intense on the palate and very unknit at present. Dry finish, not surprisingly… Sturdy rather than ethereal. 13.3%
Drink 2027 – 2043

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2021

The blend in 2020 is 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc. Deep ruby in colour. The nose is intensely smoky with incense, cedar and liquorice. The palate follows, with rich spices coating the blackcurrant fruit at the core. The tannins are chewy and and firm, contrasting the sweet spices. Firm yet sweet to the finish, with lingering spice and dark cherry.

Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2021

(79% CS, 15% M, 6% CF; 33hl/ha; 13.3% ABV; 50% new)
Fresh, lightly mineral, blackberry-ripe nose, persistent and gently minerally; rich, supple yet fresh, superfine in tannin; juicy, generous, ample, and fleshy, all nicely carried by its underlying defining acidity, long and subtle and gracious to taste, with a very nice length of flavor, and a fine persistence of aftertaste. Delicously fleshy, and flattering in the year and the St-Julien context. This and the Gloria make a lovely pair. 2028–45+.

Michael Schuster, The World of Fine Wine, May 2021
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