Chateau Saint-Pierre 2016: a balanced Saint-Julien
Chateau Saint-Pierre is a Fourth Classified Growth of 1855 produced in the Saint-Julien appellation. At an average age of 50, the vines are planted on a 17-hectare vineyard in Günz gravel and a sandy-clay subsoil. The wine is aged in casks (50% new) for an average of 14 to 16 months. The Chateau Saint-Pierre 2016 is made from a blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc.
At Chateau Saint-Pierre, the 2016 vintage was marked by a mild and wet winter that resulted in early budding. The spring was quite lush and rainy, but the blooms survived due to a window of good weather around June 10. Finally, from 18 June, hot and dry weather set in, but the vines had access to the large spring water reserves to get through the growing season. Fortunately, it rained on September 13, allowing the grapes to ripen until the harvest, which took place from September 29 to October 17
Dark red, almost black in colour, the Chateau Saint-Pierre 2016 develops aromas of black fruit and more mineral and vegetal notes. The wine has a balanced mouthfeel with superb tannins, and tasty, subtle mineral touches. There is a good, tense finish. This refined Chateau Saint-Pierre 2016 will keep well until 2037-2047.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 Chateau Saint-Pierre is a blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc picked between 29 September and 3 October for the Merlot and 5-17 October for the Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is matured is 50% new oak. The Cabernet comes through strongly on the nose as you would expect: quite intense black fruit, graphite and just a touch of dried herbs. There is lovely definition and focus on display. The palate is well balanced with grainy tannin, a crisp line of acidity, classic in style in keeping with the style of the vintage with very fine mineralité and tension towards the sprightly finish. It is one of the most Pauillac-like Château Saint-Pierres that I have tasted, a very well crafted, almost understated but sophisticated wine that will age for 20 to 30 years. This is a fantastic Saint Julien that may well rest at the top of my banded score.