2009 Saint-Pierre, St-Julien

SKU #1110869 98 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The all-time greatest wine I have ever tasted from Saint-Pierre, this estate, the smallest of the grand cru classes of St.-Julien, has an opaque purple color and a spectacular nose of subtle charcoal, creme de cassis, blackberry, and incense. Full-bodied, with striking intensity and flamboyantly rich, exuberant flavors bursting with extract, the St. Pierre has no hard edges, but rather massive, incredibly well-endowed blockbuster style, which should prove to be monumental. Give it 6-8 years to take on more definition and calm down, but this is a 30- to 40-year wine. Bravo! (RP) Inner quote mark (12/2011)

96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2009 Saint-Pierre knocks the ball out of the park. It is a stunning Saint-Julien that has blossomed in recent years. I must confess that none of the previous bottles intimated the potential shown here. It is more compact, tighter on the nose than its peers, opening seductively with gorgeous graphite and bayleaf infused black fruit, real mineralité and great tension. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, juicy to the point where it belies the backbone, very nicely poised with a precise and long graphite finish. Ducru-Beacaillou and Léoville Las-Cases - here is your challenger to the crown. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting. (NM) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

95 points Jane Anson

Outer quote mark This is beautiful, you feel the warm summer temperatures of 2009 in that the fruits are clearly ripe, with touches of fig alongside raspberry puree and sweet black cherry, but it is balanced out by deft strokes of mint and eucalyptus, freshly cut herbs, black pepper, tingle of minerality and tight tannins that are not quite renoucing their duty yet. Good stuff, a great moment to start drinking this wine. 55% new oak. Inner quote mark (2/2022)

95 points The Wine Independent

Outer quote mark Deep garnet in color, the 2009 Saint-Pierre storms out of the glass with powerful notes of creme de cassis, plum pudding, and Indian spices plus nuances of potpourri and unsmoked cigars. The medium-bodied palate is generous and plush, with bags of spicy black fruit preserves and a long fragrant finish. Inner quote mark (2/2023)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Beautiful aromas of mole, raspberries and flowers, follow through to a full body, with firm tannins and a juicy finish. Minerals and flowers. Already delicious and attractive. Inner quote mark (3/2012)

93 points Int'l Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright medium ruby. Lovely violet lift to the aromas of cassis, blackberry, cedar, minerals and licorice. Supple and sweet on entry, then tight and vibrant in the middle, with strong acidity currently keeping the wine's redcurrant and mineral flavors under wraps. Most impressive today on the gripping, mineral-driven finish, which features substantial fine-grained tannins and terrific rising length. (ST, in Vinous) Inner quote mark (7/2012)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Very densely structured, showing the ripe fruit of St-Julien while also powering it with smoky tannins and wood. The acidity is a layer under the sweet fruit and final firm character. (RV) Inner quote mark (2/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Dark and winey, with lots of graphite and espresso-tinged grip driving the dark plum, braised fig and steeped black currant fruit flavors. Features lots of tar and briar on the finish. Muscular but mouthwatering. Should unwind nicely in the cellar. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2012)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Low-key nose. Lots of concentration on the palate though. A long-distance runner. Pretty impressive. Glossy and lots of fun, but still embryonic. 18/20 points (JR) Inner quote mark (2/2019)

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