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. It should also last for 30-40 years. ||This is another brilliant wine from Jean-Louis Triaud, who is also responsible for the brilliant resurrection of the cru bourgeois, Gloria. This is one of the smallest estates in St.-Julien, with only about 6,000 cases produced, and even less were produced in 2010 than in 2009. Wine Advocate.February, 2013
I love the bramble and cassis nose. Very tannic but the underlying creamy, sappy fruit is glorious ans is the hit of mineral at the end. Excellent quality this year.
Saint-Pierre From a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and the remainder Merlot, this deep, ruby colored wine shows a cassis, oak, floral, spice and jammy black raspberry nose. On the palate, the tannic, concentrated, sweet, jammy black cherry and licorice wine shows freshness, but the tannins feel dust in the finish. The wine will be aged in 55% new oak. 92-94 Pts Jeff Leve winecellarinsider.com
Dark and winey, displaying a smoke-filled core of roasted plum, fig and anise, with plush tannins and a long finish, where the anise note hangs on nicely. Textbook St. Julien. James Molesworth, winespectator.com
A blackberry and black currants with minerals and full body. Loads going. Juicy red. James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
Tasted 5 Apr: Bright, deep crimson. Very fresh and aromatic. Sweet and rich but only after the freshness of the nose. Very nice for the medium term. Clean and brisk.
Tasted blind 8 Apr: Only mid intensity of crimson. Savoury tobacco-leaf aromas. Great solid whack of fruit intensity on the front palate makes its presence felt in this, the first St-Julien I taste immediately after a run of Haut-Médocs. Very solid indeed. This will need quite a time to resolve itself into a gentle drink as opposed to a half-formed monument. Bone dry. (Score: 16.5++ 20-35) Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com
The deep purple 2010 Saint-Pierre has aromas of ripe blackberries, plums and cedar, followed by classic layered Bordeaux fruit flavours, leading to a long finish. This full-bodied St Julien is an under-rated wine that needs 10 years laying down but will have a long life ahead of it. Jeannie Cho Lee MW asianpalate.com
Tasted at a negociant, the nose is a little alcoholic, especially compared next to the far more refined Chateau Gloria. This is too heady for me. The palate is medium-bodied with rather angular tannins, powdery in texture, nice purity on the finish with blackberry, pain grille and graphite, long towards the finish. A very fine Saint Pierre, though it pales next to Gloria. Tasted April 2011. Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com