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.
Pretty depth of fruit with firm and silky tannins. Full body, bright acidity and a clean finish. Chewy finish.
*Barrel Tasting* 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. (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 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)
78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc. 50% new oak. 32 hl/ha. Very good Cabernet Franc which ripened well and slowly – only the fourth time it has been included in the grand vin. Very deep glowing crimson. Very Cabernet on the nose with just a hint of oak. Cool and inky. Very restrained and almost timid but there is a good charge of fruit and tannins and no excess acidity. Just ripe enough but with attractive freshness. Focused and set for the long term. Ambitious and sinewy but restrained and backward now. Hums along and is especially impressive on the finish. Super correct. A little dry but not drying on the end at present.