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Chateau St Pierre 2012

Deep ruby, with 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. Unfortunately, it may be too woody(60% new oak from specification) to start. Still, this scent mingles well with dark fruit from the 78% Cabernet Sauvignon soften by some 22% of Merlot, which also accounts for its firm, curranty aroma as well as the crisp, fresh acidity on the palate. Eventually, the black jammy fruits abound in bigger glasses, with fruit sweetness and intensity. Finally, intense blackberries coat the palate with lots of focus and concentration: a very generous yet well-balanced wine and a very long finish.

There is a real sense of density to the core of the wine, a lovely persistence on the finish and considerable class overall. Insiders consider this wine as a wine with quality between 4th Growth to Second Growth. Some tasters also consider this St Pierre 2012 as almost like a Super Second.

Not too St Julien in style as you may say, given its power, body, amount of tannins and texture, but this château punches well above its weight with the structure of 2012. 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. However, RP scores are consistently between 91 to 93. Hence, the price is still closer to daily consumers, with a lot of Left-Bank stylistics.


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