2014 Saint-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.
Pretty depth of fruit with firm and silky tannins. Full body, bright acidity and a clean finish. Chewy finish.
There's good flesh here, with layers of fig, blueberry and blackberry pâte de fruit backed by mouthwatering anise and warm fruitcake notes. The long, briary finish exhibits solid density. A strong showing for this generally more elegant-styled wine.
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. It just feels rather conservative compared to some of its Saint Julien siblings. (NM)
The 2014 Saint Pierre offers good depth and intensity, even if some slightly angular contours remain. Smoke, tobacco, game, licorice and incense are all pushed forward in a dark, powerful St. Julien. Today, the 2014 comes across as a bit rustic. It will be interesting to see what time brings. (AG)