2015 Saint-Pierre, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2015 Château Saint Pierre is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc cropped at 48 hl/ha between 21 September and 7 October, matured in 50% new oak. It has a tightly wound bouquet with blackberry, raspberry and cedar, just a touch of pencil shaving surfacing with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent tannin on the entry, quite tensile with a fine bead of acidity. This is not the most complex Saint-Pierre that I have encountered, although it possesses 2015's elegance and refinement. This will have more to give after bottling and may ultimately overtake Gloria. Tasted twice with consistent notes. (NM)
One of the pleasant surprises of the vintage, the 2015 Saint-Pierre offers terrific depth and overall intensity. There is more than enough richness to match the virile tannins. Crème de cassis, game, mocha, lavender, mint and sweet spices are fused together in this deep, unctuous wine. This is an especially dense, extracted Saint-Julien but it shows good overall balance as well as potential. The blend is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc. Tasted three times. (AG)
A dark, strapping style, offering lots of tarry-edged grip around the blackberry and plum compote notes, with a pretty espresso hint through the finish. Lush overall, as the vintage's velvety tannins are here in spades. Web Only - 2016 (JM)
Linear and lively with pretty blueberry, blackberry character. Polished tannins. Fine finish.
This wine has so much structure and so much wood that it will be hard for it to broaden out with fruit. The acidity is the one component that may allow it to add an extra dimension. (RV)