2014 St-Pierre, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)
Barrel Sample. Oak notes dominate this in wine, with spice, toast and vanilla tones hovering over fruit. There is a sense of over extraction that is luckily mitigated by lively acidity. It needs time to balance out.
Sweet, moderately oaky nose with much chocolate and a hint of something vegetal in the background from the cab. Generous ripe fruit and some lovely warm dry tannins behind it. Already very harmonious on the rather long finish. Give it a couple of years to come together.
Stylish up front, with singed vanilla and sandalwood notes framing the core of lightly mulled plum and raspberry fruit. The brambly grip on the back end is well-embedded thanks to the fleshy finish. (JM)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Château Saint-Pierre 2014 is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc. There is a sense of harmony and focus on the nose: nicely defined with a touch of tobacco developing in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with good grip, quite saline and sappy in the mouth with spice on the structured finish. This is a more masculine Saint-Pierre, but it is well crafted with very good length. (NM)
The 2014 Saint Pierre is a bold, rustic wine, but it has also come along nicely. Black cherry, herb, smoke, licorice and tobacco give the wine its dark personality. The tannins are a bit coarse, but otherwise this is a solid wine that shows the darker, bigger side of Saint-Julien. (AG)