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.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Saint-Pierre 2014 was one of the surprises of the Saint Julien appellation, a wine that has blossomed throughout its élevage and in bottle to the point where it has overtaken its stablemate, the 2014 Château Gloria. It has a more floral bouquet: vibrant and energetic with fine mineralité. The palate is medium-bodied, a silver bead of acidity, energetic and intense with tobacco and graphite on the finish. For me, the Saint-Pierre has the upper hand this year and it should give two decade's worth of drinking pleasure. (NM)
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)
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)