2009 chateau saint-pierre 4eme cru classe, saint-julien
Why We're Buying
Imagine putting all your eggs (or, in this case, wines) in one basket. While that's a terrible investment strategy, it displays unflappable confidence. That's the thinking at Château Saint-Pierre, a fourth-growth Bordeaux wine estate with one truly exceptional grand vin.
Beautiful aromas of mole, raspberries and flowers, follow through to a full body, with firm tannins and a juicy finish. Minerals and flowers. Already delicious and attractive. Best after 2019.
Dark and winey, with lots of graphite and espresso-tinged grip driving the dark plum, braised fig and steeped black currant fruit flavors. Features lots of tar and briar on the finish. Muscular but mouthwatering. Should unwind nicely in the cellar. Best from 2014 through 2025. 6,250 cases made.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The all-time greatest wine I have ever tasted from Saint-Pierre, this estate, the smallest of the grand cru classes of St.-Julien, has an opaque purple color and a spectacular nose of subtle charcoal, creme de cassis, blackberry, and incense. Full-bodied, with striking intensity and flamboyantly rich, exuberant flavors bursting with extract, the St. Pierre has no hard edges, but rather massive, incredibly well-endowed blockbuster style, which should prove to be monumental. Give it 6-8 years to take on more definition and calm down, but this is a 30- to 40-year wine. Bravo!
Very densely structured, showing the ripe fruit of St.-Julien while also powering it with smoky tannins and wood. The acidity is a layer under the sweet fruit and final firm character.