Saint Julien 2006 – Saint Julien

£18.49

‘Saint Julien’ is a Declassified Bordeaux from top a flight, prestigious Left Bank Grand Cru Classe Chateau. Anonymously made (we must keep the secret) and truly superb; this wine has the same pedigree and provenance of the chateau’s Grand Vin but is a fraction of the price. Sophisticated, smooth and brooding, ‘Saint Julien’ has exceptional structure. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the blend and brings flavours of black cherry to the fore; followed by cassis and blackberry with smoky hints of dark chocolate, forest floor and spice. Undertones of tobacco and toast. The finish is elegant and long. Cellaring potential 12 years.

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. 12.5% abv. 75cl

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saint julien ville‘Saint Julien’ is unique in the UK and exclusive to Bordeaux-Undiscovered. This is a Declassified Bordeaux from top a flight, prestigious Grand Cru Classe Chateau. The keyword to remember here is ‘prestigious’. As Declassified Bordeaux is made anonymously by high ranking chateaux we can not tell you who made it. We do know where the wine comes from but we must keep silence. What we can say is that ’Saint Julien’ comes from an inland Saint Julien property, benefiting from the drainage channels that were dug by the Dutch hundreds of years ago. Being in Saint Julien, there is, of course, a huge amount of ‘Günzian gravel’, and being an inland property, it has a slightly cooler climate than the riverfront ones, leading to a more soft-centred wine.

Declassified Bordeaux produced by these top chateaux have certain advantages; they benefit from state of the art wine making, the best experts and oenologists money can buy, cutting edge technology and immaculately managed vineyards lying on the best terroir. In short these wines are made to the highest standards – they are among the aristocrats of the wine world.

crest of st julien ville‘Saint Julien’ is made by the same team that produce the Grand Cru Classe’s flagship wines. This means that this wine is made with the same level of expertise. The wine is also normally made from the same vineyard so it has the same pedigree and provenance . . . but is a fraction the price.

The Saint Julien appellation is often said to be the quintessential claret, combining all of the Medoc’s best qualities. The AOC has the highest proportion of classified chateaux (Grand Cru Classe) of all the regions in Bordeaux – 11 in total Consistently elegant, Saint Julien’s wines are classic Bordeaux at its best.

An insider’s choice, ‘Saint Julien 2006 ’ is a classic wine made to an exceptionally high standard. It bears the coat of arms of Saint Julien on its label. It pairs beautifully with beef and steak including chateaubriand, beef wellington and rich casseroles such as daube of beef or oxtail. It also pairs exceptionally well with venison, pigeon and duck; truffles, hard cheeses, liver and kidneys.

Learn more about Declassified Bordeaux on Nicks Blog: What is Declassified Bordeaux and why are we being told it is Special? The Key Facts. Learn more about Saint Julien on our Explore Bordeaux AOCs – Saint Julien page

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