Chateau St Pierre 2008, St Julien

Liquorice, coffee bean and plum are on the nose, backed with a medium-bodied, lighter, fresh style of wine with a juicy plum finish. Produced from a blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. It coloured deep ruby, a tight rim with no sign of maturity. Rightly put by BBR tasters, this is an old-style, classic St Julien built to last, with masses of structure and potential. It may Not too, St Julien, you may say, given its power, body, amount of tannins and texture, but this château punches well above its weight with the structure of 2008, softer but as structured. This wine is no longer the hidden gem of St Julien as the five previous vintages have propelled this wine to the forefront of the appellation.

Not many international tasters score well on this wine. WE give 93; GG gives 91 points; my friend Jean-Marc Quarin 92 Points. Hence, the price is still closer to daily consumers, with a lot of Left-Bank stylistics.

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