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2008 Saint-Pierre

By Chateau Saint-Pierre

2008 Saint-Pierre from Chateau Saint-Pierre, St-Julien, Bordeaux

In the complex tapestry of Bordeaux vintages, the 2008 Saint-Pierre from Chateau Saint-Pierre embroiders a distinct narrative in the storied St-Julien appellation. This vintage emerges as one to be markedly noted for its resilience and eventual triumph in the face of initial climatic temperamentality.


Legacy and Pedigree: Precision Meets Elegance

The offerings from Chateau Saint-Pierre have long been synonymous with meticulous craftsmanship, and the 2008 vintage is no exception. It was a year that challenged vignerons, where careful sorting and precision harvesting were pivotal. Despite a mercurial beginning with cool conditions and heavy rains, an Indian summer granted a reprieve, ripening the grapes with impeccable timing.

The 2008 Saint-Pierre shines as a testament to this demanding harvest. The wine reveals a poised balance of ripened blackcurrant and delicate spice wrapped in a firm tannic embrace, indicative of its noble heritage. Savvy collectors and investors recognize not just the quality, but also the value proposition that 2008 Saint-Pierre presents among its peers—making this vintage a particularly astute addition to any fine wine portfolio.


Chateau Saint-Pierre: A Highlight in St-Julien

The character of this distinguished bottle is framed by the terroir of St-Julien; it's a vibrant portrayal of both region and year. The structure speaks to an assured longevity, yet there's an underlying softness, a sophistication that beckons enjoyment in the near term as well. On opening, the 2008 releases vibrant notes of cassis and earthy undertones endearing to the discerning nose.

The palate continues this elegant narrative, led by the dark fruit but integrally supported by hints of tobacco leaf and graphite which provide depth and complexity. A remarkable demonstration of finesse amidst structure—a characteristic praiseworthy in any investment piece.

This considered analysis asserts the stature of the 2008 Saint-Pierre within both oenophilic circles and financial folios alike. Reflecting on its journey from challenging beginnings to an expressive maturity, one is reminded that like all profound stories, those told through wine demand not only our palate’s recognition but our respect for their provenance and prowess.

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As I predicted from barrel, this stunning effort is a wine to buy by the case. Its opaque ruby/purple color is followed by aromas of graphite, barbecue smoke, blackberries and black currants. The full-bodied, textured 2008 Saint-Pierre reveals a skyscraper-like mouthfeel along with tremendous viscosity and unctuosity. One of the richest and potentially longest-lived 2008s, it is a fabulous sleeper of the vintage. Drink it over the next 20+ years.

Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #194


Tasted ex-chateau and single blind in Southwold. The Saint-Pierre 2008 demands coaxing from the glass, but it is worth persevering with as attractive black olive and creamy aromas emerge. Fine delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent texture, a lot of skin maceration here with a touch of mocha on the finish. It is a little buffed up by the oak, but attractive in its own way. Tasted January 2012.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Mar 2012

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