2012 Saint-Pierre, St-Julien
*Barrel Sample* This is a solid effort that showcases both great blackberry fruit and sweet tannins right at the forefront. There is also fine acidity and a layer of wood that gives a dry, firm, age-worthy aftertaste. (RV)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A soft, somewhat fleshy and opulent style of St.-Julien, this 2012 has a deep ruby/purple color, good minerality, moderate tannin, and a full but more precocious and accessible style than its neighbors such as Léoville Poyferré and Beychevelle. This is more along the lines of the juicy, succulent Talbot, but certainly has aging potential. Two to four years of bottle age is recommended and then consumption over the following two decades. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium-dark ruby-purple. Autumnal aromas of aromatic cedar, underbrush and smoke complement blackcurrant and floral notes on the nose. Then bright and fresh on the palate, with delicate black cherry and graphite flavors carrying through on the long, minerally finish. Another excellent wine from this property, which has been on a roll of late. (ID)
Blackcurrant, ripe plum and cedar character to this red on the nose, before giving way to a full to medium body, refined yet firm tannins and good acidity.
A fresh, sleek style, with an apple wood frame nicely embedded in the core of damson plum, red currant and bitter cherry fruit. Reveals an iron underpinning on the finish. (JM, Web-2015)
91-93 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "A blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot cropped at 38hl/ha the Saint Pierre 2012 has a nicely defined, conservative bouquet of blackberry, graphite and cold stone. The Cabernet feels ripe and like many wines, it is direct, no-frills bouquet. The palate is medium-bodied with a crisp, chalky texture entry. There is a pleasant brightness to this Saint Pierre with an edgy, graphite tinged finish. Very fine. Tasted April 2013."