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2026 - 2047
Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Deep purple-black in color, the 2020 Saint-Pierre bursts with baked blackberries, stewed plums and cassis, followed by hints of dried mint, chocolate box and tapenade with a waft of pencil lead. The medium-bodied palate is elegantly styled with impressive freshness and ripe, fine-grained tannins supporting the energetic black fruits, finishing on a lingering fragrant earth note. The blend is 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc, aging for around 14 months in French oak barrels, 50% new. The alcohol is 13.3%.
The 2020 Saint-Pierre has a distinctly Pauillac-like nose with veins of graphite and mint infusing the black fruit, focused and full of tension. This is very classy. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins that belie the structure underneath. It has good grip, and comes across quite strict and correct. If I am to quibble, and quibble I will, it maybe doesn’t finish with the fireworks that I have noticed on other recent superlative vintages. Perhaps that might develop in barrel. If so, it will warrant a higher score.
(79% CS, 15% M, 6% CF; 33hl/ha; 13.3% ABV; 50% new)
Fresh, lightly mineral, blackberry-ripe nose, persistent and gently minerally; rich, supple yet fresh, superfine in tannin; juicy, generous, ample, and fleshy, all nicely carried by its underlying defining acidity, long and subtle and gracious to taste, with a very nice length of flavor, and a fine persistence of aftertaste. Delicously fleshy, and flattering in the year and the St-Julien context. This and the Gloria make a lovely pair. 2028–45+.
A medium-bodied red with blackberry, black-cherry and some olive-skin character. It’s chewy and solid with outstanding tannin tension and a fresh finish.
Full bottle 1,290 g. Cask sample taken 31 March. Vines with an average age of 50 years. 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc.
Dark purplish crimson. Tobacco-leaf dry spice on the nose. Pretty flatteringly round palate entry and then some acidity and a hint of oak. Not the most intense on the palate and very unknit at present. Dry finish, not surprisingly… Sturdy rather than ethereal.
The 2020 Saint-Pierre (Saint-Julien) is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine. Inky, rich and explosive, the 2020 possesses magnificent intensity from start to finish. Crème de cassis, lavender, spice, chocolate, licorice, graphite and menthol infuse the 2020 with striking depth. The 2020 is heady and unctuous, but not at all overdone. It is one of my early favorites in this vintage, within its peer group. Tasted two times.
Seductive, with loads of ripe, dark, fresh, polished, earthy, black currants, cedar, toasty oak, licorice and spice. The wine is soft, polished, fresh and focused, leaving you with layers of deep ripe fruits, a touch of coffee bean, cocoa and currants. This should age and evolve for 25 years or more. 93-95
The 2020 Château Saint-Pierre (Saint-Julien) looks to be beautiful, with a fresher, focused, yet still powerful style that fits nicely into the vintage. Lots of black and blue fruits, crushed stone, and graphite define the nose, and it's full-bodied, with a great mid-palate, ripe yet building tannins, and a great finish. It's going to need time to integrate its oak, but the purity of fruit, quality of the tannins, and balance are all spot on. Tasted twice with consistent notes.
Tasted by Jane Anson(at Primeur week tastings in Bordeaux, 01 May 2021)
Bright, sappy, plenty of personality, a few green tannins on the finish but this has energy and power. Same owners as La Renaissance.
Drinking Window 2024 - 2036