2010 Saint-Pierre, St-Julien

SKU #1143962 97 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Deceptively soft on attack but punches its fruit firmly into play within seconds, and hangs on right through the mid palate. Bilberry, cassis, sweet concentrated cherry coulis. From a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot, this is still a swaggeringly tannic wine, with a gorgeous display of liquorice spice. Barely opening up, one for the very long haul. Wonderful example of a Saint Julien wine that is increasingly making all the right moves. (JA) Inner quote mark (6/2016)

97 points Jane Anson

Outer quote mark Hard to beat in the lineup - deep rich fruits, so much tension and power still that run right through the palate. Chocolate shavings, tobacco, cigar box, slate, crushed earth, this has depth and concentration but also juice and deftly-spliced fruits. Delicous, elegant but powerful. Barely budges with 30 minutes in the glass, suggesting this really does need longer in bottle or a good 3 or 4 hours in a carafe. 50% new oak, 44hl/h yield. Inner quote mark (2/2022)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2010 from Chateau Saint-Pierre is a straight up tour de force that’s an incredible value in today’s market. Inky colored, deep, rich and sensationally concentrated, yet also fresh and lively, it gives up tons of minerality in its graphite, chocolate covered black cherries, currants, scorched earth, and licorice aromas and flavors. It’s still a baby, yet the tannins are sweet, it has fabulous purity of fruit, and huge finish. Inner quote mark (12/2017)

97 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The final blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot has resulted in a wine of great power, stature, gravitas and density. The wine has a black purple color and a brilliant nose of scorched earth, creme de cassis, espresso roast, blackberries, truffles and licorice. Full-bodied, extremely powerful, yet with abundant sweet tannin, this stunning effort should prove sensational if given 7-10 years of cellaring. (RP) Inner quote mark (2/2013)

94 points Int'l Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Good bright ruby. Knockout nose combines blackberry, cassis, minerals, espresso and nutty oak. Dense, sweet, plush and deep, with a texture of liquid velvet and subtle floral lift. This impeccably balanced and seamless wine actually shut down in the glass and showed a serious underlying structure. A great and eminently ageworthy vintage for this Saint-Julien estate, whose wines have been on fire in recent years. (ST) Inner quote mark (7/2013)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Two bottles of the 2010 Saint-Pierre were poured, the first just slightly oxidised. The bouquet is comparatively light with blackberry and raspberry aromas, never really quite taking off from the glass like others. The palate is better, much better, with plenty of mineral-rich black fruit, a superb line of acidity and wonderful precision on the finish. I suspect that the fact that we could not decant the second substitute bottle contributed to the slightly subdued aromatics, but I think there is real class here. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 10-Year On Bordeaux horizontal. (NM) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Dark, smoky and oaky but deep in black fruit. Savoury, dense but with a stony elegance to the texture. Finesse here. Not trying to charm but dark-suited and refined. Long, too. I love its restraint and power. 18/20 points (JH) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

K&L Notes

95 points, Lisa Perotti-Brown in Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet in color, the 2010 Chateau St Pierre sings of baked black cherries, mulberries and Christmas cake with suggestions of dark chocolate, star anise and cardamom. Full-bodied and firmly textured with ripe, grainy tannins, it has tons of muscular black fruit with lovely freshness lifting the finish." (03/2020)

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