A 91 point Parker wine from one of the top-notch smaller estates in Saint Julien. Often difficult to find in the UK, Saint Pierre is snapped up by its strong following in Europe. For those in the know this estate has been making superb wines in recent years and is well worth tracking down. Saint Pierre has been an amazing success story, rising like a phoenix from the ashes thanks to the tireless ambition of Henri Martin. Under the chateau’s success story lies one man’s dream to own a Classified Growth… which became a reality through sheer passion and hard work. The wine deserves all the recognition it gets; it really is created from what dreams are made of.
Saint Pierre lies opposite its sister Chateau Gloria just outside the town of Beychevelle and is one of the most ancient in Medoc with early records revealing wine production there in 1693. It was bought in 1982 by Henri Martin who was born at Chateau Gruaud Larose into a family of coopers who had been barrel making for the chateaux of Bordeaux for more than 3 centuries. Martin began a tireless quest to resurrect Saint Pierre and didn’t stop there. He became Mayor of Saint Julien, President of the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bordeaux, co-founded the Commanderie de Bordeaux and is responsible for reviving the ancient fame of the village.
Saint Pierre is the very reverse of Gloria – its as old as Gloria is young. However the excellent quality of the wines is the one thing they have in common. Henri Martin died in 1991 and the estates are now owned by his daughter Françoise and husband Jean-Louis Triaud who have continued to push both estates into the ascendent.
Saint Pierre is great with steak, roast beef and slow roast lamb (especially Moroccan tagines), casseroles, goose, partridge and turkey.
Critics Score: Robert Parker – 91 points (out of 100)
A fabulous wine for the vintage, this well-endowed St.-Julien exhibits a dense purple color in addition to a sweet bouquet of charcoal, burning embers, blackberries, cassis, and a hint of graphite. Dense, full-bodied, and surprisingly concentrated with more body, texture, and length than most 2007s, the wine possesses a suppleness, velvety tannins, and low acidity.
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