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Chateau Saint Pierre History, Overview
Chateau Saint Pierre is owned by the Lavaux family. The estate has belonged to the same family since the 1940s. Because the property is relatively new, Chateau Saint Pierre in Pomerol is not exactly a household name.
The vineyard is located in good terroir. In fact, you can see the chateau and vineyards from Chateau La Fleur Petrus, or should I say the location of the previously named La Providence estate, as Saint Pierre is exactly across the road.
You can see the famous Pomerol church from the Saint Pierre vineyards as well. Madame Francois de Lavaux is the owner and person in charge of Chateau Saint Pierre today.
The combination of good terroir and the lack of consumer awareness was probably responsible for the decision by Madame Madame Francois de Lavaux to bring in the team of Stephane Derenoncourt starting with the difficult 2014 vintage to help with the winemaking and vineyard management.
Chateau Saint Pierre Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 3-hectare Right Bank vineyard of Chateau Saint Pierre is planted to 85% Merlot with 15% Cabernet Franc. This represents a major change in the vineyard. Prior to 2014, while the vineyard was dominated by Merlot, followed by Cabernet Franc, you also found small percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and perhaps a few vines of Petit Verdot or Carmenere. There have been 2 major replantings of the vineyard over the years, in the 1980s and over the past decade.
It is interesting to note that from 2014-2017, the wine was produced from 100% Merlot. Starting with the 2018 vintage, the wine has been closer to 80% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Franc. The terroir is gravel and clay soils. The vineyard is managed using self-sustaining farming techniques.
To produce the wine, the grapes are whole berry fermented. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrels. The wine is aged in an average of 60% new, French oak barrels. There is a second wine, previously sold as La Fleur de St.-Pierre. Today, the second wine is called, II du Chateau Saint Pierre. On average, the production of Chateau Saint Pierre Pomerol is slightly less than 1,000 cases of wine per vintage.
The best vintages of Chateau Saint Pierre are: 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014.
When to Drink Chateau Saint Pierre, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Saint Pierre can be enjoyed on the young side with 1-2 hours of decanting. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
However, I find the wine is usually better with between 4-7 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. In the best years, the Chateau Saint Pierre Pomerol will best between 5-17 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau Saint Pierre with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Saint Pierre is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Chateau Saint Pierre is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes.
Chateau Saint Pierre is also good when matched with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.
Madame Francois de Lavaux and her family also own 3 additional estates in the Pomerol appellation, Clos du Vieux Plateau Certan, Chateau Haut Cloquet and Chateau La Renaissance.
Château Saint-Pierre (Pomerol) Wine Tasting Notes
8 Vintages 15,959 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2021||Château Saint-Pierre (Pomerol) (Pomerol)|
Violets and roses with plums and chocolate on the nose. The wine is plush, round and ripe, with soft tannins, that makes this already easy to taste and enjoy. The plummy finish is polished and fresh. Drink from 2024-2039. 90-92
1,113 Views Tasted May 20, 2022
|2020||Château Saint-Pierre (Pomerol) (Pomerol)|
Flowers, chocolate covered plums, espresso and licorice create the catchy nose. Darkly colored, lush, medium-bodied, polished and with a blast of chocolate-covered supple, dark red fruits, licorice and smoke in the finish. I am really liking this wine. This is the best vintage of Saint Pierre Pomerol yet. 90-92 Pts
1,891 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
|2019||Château Saint-Pierre (Pomerol) (Pomerol)|
Licorice, chocolate, flowers, smoke and plums are what you find on the nose. On the palate the wine is medium-bodied, silky, fresh, energetic and polished. Forward, with loads of sweet smoky cherries, plums and cocoa on the palate, give this elegant Pomerol a few years in the cellar before pulling a cork. 90-92 Pts
2,314 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
|2018||Château Saint-Pierre (Pomerol) (Pomerol)|
Medium-bodied, with a nice touch of chocolate that accompanies all the sweet, fresh, luscious, silky plums on the nose and palate.
1,021 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Floral, earthy, medium-bodied and on the red plum side of the style range, the wine is soft and mildly showy with a mineral-infused, red berry, classic finish. 89=91 Pts
1,628 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château Saint-Pierre (Pomerol) (Pomerol)|
Flowers, licorice, wet earth and plummy fruits delivered in a medium bodied, soft, polished manner. On the backend, you'll enjoy silky, ripe, earthy plums.
1,406 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Saint-Pierre (Pomerol) (Pomerol)|
Slowly but surely, this keeps getting better. Soft, round and fruity, there is sweetness and freshness here with loads of ripe, juicy plums, hints of licorice and a touch of earth. Give it a few years in the cellar for things to round out and come together nicely.
1,444 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
Character and style with soft tannins and a rich, dark, red, fruity finish. The wine is medium bodied and earthy -- hearty black cherry, licorice and hints of truffle notes abound.
1,481 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Saint-Pierre (Pomerol) (Pomerol)|
Medium-bodied with cherry, floral and earthy notes, this wine is soft, silky and fresh, ending with spicy, red fruits in the finish. 89 - 91 Pts
1,667 Views Tasted Apr 27, 2016
|2014||Château Saint-Pierre (Pomerol) (Pomerol)|
Medium-bodied with cherry, floral and earthy notes, the wine is soft, silky and fresh. This is the first vintage for the team lead by Stephane Derenoncourt. It’s also my first time trying the wine. From a good terroir, this could be a wine to watch out for in the future. 87-88 Pts
1,994 Views Tasted Apr 24, 2015