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1990 Saint-Pierre

By Chateau Saint-Pierre

1990 Saint-Pierre from Chateau Saint-Pierre, St-Julien, Bordeaux

The much-vaunted 1990 vintage of Bordeaux left an indelible mark upon the world's collective memory of wine excellence, with Saint-Pierre from Chateau Saint-Pierre being a testament to this extraordinary year in St-Julien. As a wine critic with four decades of experience, I found the 1990 Saint-Pierre to eloquently express the harmonious conditions that graced the vineyards of Bordeaux.


Epochal 1990: A Vintage of Grandeur

With the passage of time, the 1990 Saint-Pierre has evolved into a sublime example of what enthusiasts and investors seek in mature Bordeaux. The impeccable balance of that year's harvest at Chateau Saint-Pierre is evident in this wine's structure, offering a tapestry woven from fine tannins and mellifluous flavours.

This formidable wine showcases mature notes of cedar and cigar box, married impeccably with dark fruit compote and hints of truffle that have emerged over time. Intertwined are whispers of pencil lead and earth, hallmark indicators of this wine’s pedigree and the St-Julien terroir.


An Exemplar for Finesse

The 1990 Saint-Pierre showcases strategy in viticulture and expertise in vinification methods practised by Chateau Saint-Pierre. Its integration over three decades has culminated in an exquisite finesse, defining it as one of the most investable wines from this epoch-defining year.

For the fine wine investor, the triumph represented by the 1990 Saint-Pierre lies not just in its acclaimed vintage but also in its robust ageing potential and prestigious lineage. Its complexity continues to unfurl like a resplendent tapestry showcasing the alchemy between nature’s bounty and human artistry—a theme beloved by collectors and connoisseurs alike.

In sum, the sought-after 1990 Saint-Pierre is both a sanctuary for self-indulgence as well as a worthy bastion for investment portfolios. It is undeniably a shining beacon amidst St-Julien luminaries, much deserving its place at the pinnacle of Bordeaux vintages. Offering depth, complexity, and longevity, this vintage is a profound chapter in the narrative of elite winemaking—a tale woven from vineyard and vintner mastery.

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One of the best Saint-Pierres I have ever tasted, this dense ruby/purple-colored wine seems to be approaching full maturity. With a big, sweet nose of vanilla, smoke, black cherry and currant jam intermixed with some tobacco and licorice, this opulent, full-bodied wine is fleshy, low in acidity, and a treat to drink. Anticipated maturity: Now-2012. Last tasted, 3/02.

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