Chateau Saint Pierre   Saint Pierre

1999 Saint-Pierre

By Chateau Saint-Pierre

1999 Saint-Pierre from Chateau Saint-Pierre, St-Julien, Bordeaux, France

The ever-evolving tapestry of Bordeaux vintages offers a particular delight with the 1999 Saint-Pierre from Chateau Saint-Pierre. An exquisite offering from one of St-Julien's historically eminent estates, this vintage delivers a microcosm of the region's clime and craftsmanship within its confines.

 

A Vintage Snapshot: The 1999 Mosaic

The 1999 vintage in Bordeaux might not have garnered the limelight like its immediate predecessors but examining this vintage through the venerable lens of Chateau Saint-Pierre provides a unique perspective. More approachable in its youth than some of the bolder vintages, 1999 nevertheless exudes a charming complexity after years of careful cellaring. The season was marked by climatic generosity: a culminating harvest under auspicious skies which engendered an amiable balance between fruit ripeness and structural finesse.

 

Refined Complexity: The 1999 Saint-Pierre Experience

In the glass, the 1999 Saint-Pierre beckons with a polished garnet hue while its aromatic bouquet suggests dark berries interlaced with hints of cedar and earth—a harbinger of its maturing stage. On the palate, this wine exhibits an impeccably harmonious interplay of tannins and fruit; cassis and blackcurrant notes are elegantly adorned with layers of leather, smoke, and subtle spices—all indicative of judicious aging.

A deft application of oak treatment has contributed to an undercurrent of vanillin complexity that underscores the inherent power and grace of this St-Julien. As far as wine investment goes, the credible ageing trajectory observed here marks the 1999 Saint-Pierre as a prudent inclusion for collectors seeking wines at a stage where maturity meets finesse.

 

Connoisseur's Conclusion: Investment Merits of the 1999 Saint-Pierre

The silhouette of 1999 Saint-Pierre is sculpted by time—bestowing upon it nuances that reinforce its standing in the pantheon of fine wines worthy of investment. Subtlety is its signature; it is a wine that captures the essence of its birth year with dignity and depth. Its current stage offers enthusiasts an opening to indulge in its mature splendors, thus providing investors with an opportunity for tangible gratification tied to tangible growth.

Market price (GBP)

£840.00

12x75cl

Highest score

87

POP score

120

Scores and tasting notes

87

The medium-bodied, tasty, flavorful St. Julien possesses soft, briery, berry fruit intermixed with herbs, earth, and spice box, which are moderately intense. The wine is low in acidity, with sweet tannin, and fleshy fruit. It should be drunk during its first 10-12 years of life.

Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #140

80-82

A rather simple nose of red berries that lacks a little vigour. The nose is soft, quite rustic and a little thin. Early drinking only. Tasted May 2004.

Neal Martin - Wine Advocate - Wine Journal

Vintage performance