2016 Chateau Saint Pierre St Julien

Bordeaux Blend - 6L
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JA 97 JS 96 JD 96 JL 95 VN 95 DC 94 WA 94 TWI 94 WE 94 WS 94
JA 97

janeanson.com, February 2022

The most effortlessly brilliant vintage in St Julien, and Saint Pierre is right up there with the best of examples you can find. Smoky and sculpted, still chewy tannins, firm but confident, liqourice and campfire smoke...
JS 96

jamessuckling.com, February 2019

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...
JD 96

jebdunnuck.com, February 2019

(96+ points) 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...
JL 95

TheWineCellarInsider.com, September 2019

Concentrated, full-bodied and with a touch of oak on the nose and palate the wine has depth, flesh and round tannins, with a nuanced, ripe pit fruit and espresso filled finish.
VN 95

Vinous, August 2020

The 2016 Saint-Pierre has an intriguing bouquet of baked black cherries, dark chocolate, espresso and gamy notes, the oak regime more prominent compared to its peers within this Saint-Julien flight. The palate is...
DC 94

Decanter, April 2021

This estate is the smallest and least-known cru classé in the St-Julien appellation, with a mere 17 hectares of vineyards with deep gravel soils. Most of these are not far from Beychevelle. This property has a...
WA 94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2018

94+ 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...
TWI 94

The Wine Independent, December 2022

The 2016 Saint-Pierre is deep garnet in color. It soars from the glass with expressive scents of cassis, blackberry pie, and plum preserves, plus hints of pencil shavings, tilled soil, and black truffles. Medium-bodied...
WE 94

Wine Enthusiast, April 2017

(WE92-94 points) Ripe and fruity while also having just the right amount of structure, this is a concentrated wine. It has depth and fine, elegant acidity, and is likely to be ready from 2026.
WS 94

Wine Spectator, March 2019

This is packed, with a ganache frame wrapping up a dense core of blueberry, black currant, fig and açaí berry reduction flavors that will need time to stretch out. While they do, they'll meld with the warm tar and sweet...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2016
Size 6L
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

The smallest of the Saint-Julien crus, Chateau Saint-Pierre was first established in the 17th century, although a number of legacies subsequently led to the property being split up and dispersed. In 1982, through a combination of good luck and tenacity, current proprietor Henri Martin, who owned neighboring Chateau Gloria, was able to put the estate back together the way it had been in 1855, the year of the famous classification.

Ever since, thanks to the investments made by the owners, Saint-Pierre has been acknowledged as a perfect representative of the Grands Crus Classes of the prestigious Saint-Julien appellation. The estate vineyards, located in the middle of the commune of Beychevelle. These, cover 17 hectares which are planted with 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc, on soils of Gunzian gravel over clay and sand, and an average vine age of 50 years.

The grapes for Saint-Pierre’s red wine are picked by hand and vinified in the traditional way in heat-regulated stainless steel vats. The wine then spends 14 to 16 months being aged in casks, half of which are replaced every year. The wine is typically a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc.

Allow me to introduce the exquisite 2016 Chateau Saint Pierre St Julien, a remarkable Bordeaux Blend from the renowned Saint-Julien region in Bordeaux, France. This wine, with its deep red color, exudes elegance and sophistication from the moment it graces your glass.

The nose of this wine is a captivating symphony of aromas that will transport you to the heart of Bordeaux. Notes of blackcurrants, fresh tobacco, hazelnuts, and chocolate intertwine harmoniously, creating a sensory experience that is both indulgent and refined. As you delve deeper into the bouquet, hints of black cherries, dark chocolate, espresso, and gamy notes emerge, revealing the complexity and depth that this wine possesses.

On the palate, the 2016 Chateau Saint Pierre St Julien truly shines. It is a full-bodied wine with firm and chewy tannins that are impeccably balanced. The fruit is ripe and luscious, offering flavors of blueberry, black currant, fig, and açaí berry reduction. These flavors are beautifully complemented by warm tar and sweet tobacco notes, adding layers of sophistication and intrigue. The wine's plushness is distinct, setting it apart from the typically brambly grip of St.-Julien wines.

The critics have unanimously praised this exceptional vintage. Renowned wine critic James Suckling awarded it an impressive score of 96 points, describing it as "one of the most structured St. Pierre’s in years." The esteemed publication Wine Spectator also lauded this wine, awarding it 94 points and noting its dense core of flavors that will continue to evolve and integrate over time.

With an alcohol content of 13.5%, this wine is a testament to the craftsmanship and expertise of Chateau Saint Pierre. Aged for 14 months in a combination of new and one-year-old French oak, this wine showcases the perfect marriage of traditional winemaking techniques and modern innovation.

The 2016 Chateau Saint Pierre St Julien is a wine that demands attention and admiration. It is a wine that will reward those who have the patience to cellar it, as it has the potential to age gracefully for 25-30 years. However, if you simply can't resist the temptation to indulge in its splendor now, it is recommended to decant it and allow it to breathe for a short while to fully appreciate its complex character.

In conclusion, the 2016 Chateau Saint Pierre St Julien is a wine that epitomizes the quintessence of Bordeaux. It is a wine that seamlessly blends power and finesse, offering an unforgettable tasting experience. Whether you choose to savor it now or let it age to perfection, this wine is a true gem that is not to be missed.