Chateau St Pierre 2013
Ruby, has 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 be too woody to start, but this scent mingles well with dark fruit from the 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, which also accounts for its firm, curranty aroma and the crisp, fresh acidity on the palate. Eventually, the black jammy fruits abound in more oversized glasses, with fruit sweetness and intensity. Intense blackberries coat the palate with lots of focus and concentration: a very generous yet well-balanced wine with some power. There is a real sense of density to the core of the wine, a lovely persistence on the finish and class overall. However, all 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 2013. 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.
Only a few international tasters score well on this wine. Mostly at 90-89 points level; we rank it DD91. Hence, the price is still closer to daily consumers, with many Left-Bank stylistics.