Tasting Notes Saint-Pierre 2009
The all-time greatest wine I have ever tasted from Saint-Pierre, this estate, the smallest of the grand cru classes of St.-Julien, has an opaque purple color and a spectacular nose of subtle charcoal, creme de cassis, blackberry, and incense. Full-bodied, with striking intensity and flamboyantly rich, exuberant flavors bursting with extract, the St. Pierre has no hard edges, but rather massive, incredibly well-endowed blockbuster style, which should prove to be monumental. Give it 6-8 years to take on more definition and calm down, but this is a 30- to 40-year wine. Bravo!
Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. Chateau St. Pierre has been on an upward swing of late. Here, the 2009 has a lovely ripe, ebullient bouquet with blackberry, briary and crushed stone. The oak is very well integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp ripe tannins. That graphite theme from the aromatics continues here and it just fades a little on the foursquare but fresh finish. It will improve with three or four years more on the clock. Tasted January 2013.