Chateau Saint Pierre St. Julien Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

Saint Pierre Chateau Chateau Saint Pierre St. Julien Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

Learn everything about Chateau Saint-Pierre St. Julien, Fourth Growth Bordeaux producer, with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn the best vintages, a history of the property, information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all the best Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Saint Pierre History, Overview

Chateau Saint Pierre dates back well into the 17th century. We know this from several, historical documents on the St. Julien estate. It was first planted in 1693. Before that, the land was used a farm, At the time the documents were written, the property went by the name of Serançon. In those days, the De Cheverry family owned the Left Bank vineyards. Keep in mind, this was still about a century before the estate began going under the name of Chateau Saint Pierre. The reason for the name change was simple. It was named after its new owner, Baron de Saint Pierre who bought the estate in 1767. This was the birth of Chateau Saint Pierre.

Upon his death in 1832, Chateau Saint Pierre was divided into two separate Saint Julien vineyards for his children. This led to the creation of Chateau Saint-Pierre Bontemps and Chateau Saint Pierre Sevaistre. Managing a vineyard was not something the children were equipped to do. Between selling off parcels and their lack of investment, by the 1920’s, less than 2.5 hectares of vines remained!

Shortly after that low point, the vineyards came under new Dutch ownership by The Van den Bussche company and both estates were once again reunited. To add to the story, and bring us into the modern era, some of the better vineyard parcels were purchased by Alfred Martin, the father of Henri Martin. Henri Martin later added those plots to the vineyards for his other Saint Julien vineyard, Chateau Gloria.

Chateau Saint Pierre The Modern Age

In 1982, Henri Martin purchased the Medoc estate of what was known as Saint Pierre Sevaistre. Henri Martin recreated and renamed the property, St. Pierre. Henri Martin was born into a family with deep roots in the Bordeaux region, as their history can be dated back more than 300 years. Through marriage and inheritance, Chateau St. Pierre remains in the hands of the Martin family. Today, Chateau St. Pierre is managed by Jean-Louis Triaud who is also in charge of Gloria and a few other estates as well. However, wine is not the only passion for Jean Louis Triaud, he is also the owner of the Girondins de Bordeaux, the professional football team of Bordeaux.

Chateau Saint Pierre stays on top of the technology curve. Chateau Saint Pierre was one of the first estates in the Medoc to embrace the usage of satellite imagery to help identify which vineyard parcels are ready to pick. A complete renovation of the estate was finished in 2016. The renovation was designed by Alain Triaud. If the Triaud name sounds familiar, that is because he is the brother of Jean Louis Triaud, the owner of Chateau Saint Pierre.

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Chateau Saint Pierre Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 17 hectare vineyard of Saint Pierre is planted to 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. This shows a slight increase in the amount of Cabernet Sauvignon in the vineyards and an equal decrease in the amount of Merlot planted since the mid, 1990’s. At 17 hectares, Chateau Saint Pierre is the smallest classified estate in the appellation. The vineyard can be divided into 4 main blocks with parcels spread all over the appellation. The bulk of their vines are located close to the village of Saint Julien not far from Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou and Chateau Beychevelle. The vine density is 10,000 vines per hectare. The property has old vines. On average, many of their vines are close to 50 years of age. The terroir of Chateau Saint Pierre is gravel, sand and clay soils.

Chateau Saint Pierre Wine Making

In 2016, Chateau Saint Pierre finished a multi year long, complete renovation of the entire wine making facilities, vat rooms, cellars, offices, reception areas and tasting tasting room. Even though the chateau has new cellars, interestingly, the wine is not made at Chateau Saint Pierre. Due to a long standing arrangement in the St. Julien appellation, after harvesting, the grapes are transported to the chai of their other neighboring estate, Chateau Gloria, for vinification.

To produce the wine of Chateau Saint Pierre and Chateau Gloria, the grapes are fermented in 76 different stainless steel tanks that range in size from 50 hectoliters up to 178 hectoliters. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. The wine is then aged in an average of 60% new, French oak barrels for between of 14 to 16 months, depending on the style and character of the vintage. While there is no official second wine, declassified lots and young vines are placed into Peymartin, the second wine of Chateau Gloria.

The best vintages of Chateau Saint Pierre are: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005 and 1961.

The Triaud family also produces the following Bordeaux wines; Bel Air from the Haut Medoc. From the St. Julien appellation, Peymartin, Haut Beychevelle and of course, Chateau Gloria. Interestingly, Chateau Saint Pierre remains one of the very few 1855 Classified Growth’s that does not produce a second wine. Production hovers close to 5,000 cases per year.

Starting with the 2005 vintage, Chateau Saint Pierre began investing time and serious money in their vineyards and cellars to produce the best wine possible. The results speak for themselves. The wines of Chateau Saint Pierre have never been better. 2009 is an outstanding wine as well as the 2010 from St. Pierre.

When to Drink Chateau Saint Pierre, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Saint Pierre can be enjoyed on the young side with a lot of decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 2-3 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Saint Pierre is usually better with at least 8-10 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Saint Pierre offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 10-25 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Saint Pierre with the Best 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 served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed and grilled dishes. Saint Pierre is also good when served with Asian dishes, hearty seafood or richly textured fish like tuna, mushrooms, pasta and cheese.

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Château Saint-Pierre Wine Tasting Notes

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2016Château Saint-Pierre  (St. Julien)94 pts

Dark, inky ruby in color, this wine is full bodied, concentrated, deep, long and focused. The fruit is precise, fresh and poised. The wine was produced from 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc.

94 points - Tasted
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2015Château Saint-Pierre  (St. Julien)93 pts

2015 Saint-Pierre - Cassis, dark chocolate, licorice and floral notes create the perfume. Not as ripe as you’ll find in other more exalted, previous, recent vintages, this closer to being elegant in style with freshness and a spicy, cherry and cassis finish. Produced from a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.7% alcohol with a pH of 3.72 and is now aging in 50% new, French oak barrels. The harvest took place from September 21 to October 7. 92 - 94 Pts

93 points - Tasted
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2014Château Saint-Pierre  (St. Julien)93 pts

Round, lush and polished, with an espresso, licorice and dark cherry nose. The wine is focused on its ripe, dark red, sweet fruits, and round tannins in the finish.

92 points - Tasted
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This wine makes a memorable first impression. Like a seductress whose essence haunts the room long after she has made her exit, this wine offers a heady and unforgettable bouquet of blackberry, dark cherry, espresso bean, earth and cocoa. Focused and structured to age, this wine rings with volume, length, character and freshness. It will be undoubtedly delicious after only a few years of aging. Produced from a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc. The wine is aging in 50% new, French oak barrels. 92-94 Pts

93 points - Tasted
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2013Château Saint-Pierre  (St. Julien)90 pts

Forward drinking, the wine serves up a blend of licorice, menthol, plums and espresso. The wine has a roundness to its texture, but it is on the lighter side of the style range, which is typical for the vintage. The wine was produced from a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot.

89 points - Tasted
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This medium-bodied wine begins with spicy black cherries, earth and fennel and segues into a sweet, tart red berry-filled finish. 89-91

90 points - Tasted
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2012Château Saint-Pierre  (St. Julien)93 pts

Lush, soft fruits, with a real sense of sweetness to the black cherry and boysenberries that are complicated by licorice, earth and smoky, espresso beans. There is a nice cocoa note in the finish. The wine was produced from a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot.

92 points - Tasted
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Fleshy, soft and round, there is a good sweetness to the fruit with depth of flavors in the plush finish. 92-94 Pts

93 points - Tasted
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2011Château Saint-Pierre  (St. Julien)92 pts

The nose pops with licorice, smoke, black licorice, coffee bean and mocha. Soft, round, forward and very nice for this difficult vintage, the wine ends with dark, fresh, black cherries.

91 points - Tasted
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Espresso, caramel, vanilla, blackberry jam and earthy scents with deep color and a plush, fresh, sweet, soft and ripe black cherry finish are found in this wine. 92-93 Pts

92 points - Tasted
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2010Château Saint-Pierre  (St. Julien)94 pts

With a complex nose packed with mint, espresso bean, cocoa, blackberry jam, licorice and earth, the wine is big, rich, concentrated, long, polished and tannic. There is a lot going on here with this blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot.

94 points - Tasted
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Saint-Pierre From a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and the remainder Merlot, this deep, ruby colored wine shows a cassis, oak, floral, spice and jammy black raspberry nose. On the palate, the tannic, concentrated, sweet, jammy black cherry and licorice wine shows freshness, but the tannins feel dust in the finish. The wine will be aged in 55% new oak. 92-94 Pts

93 points - Tasted
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2009Château Saint-Pierre  (St. Julien)95 pts

Flashy, fleshy, rich, round and concentrated, this spicy, licorice, cassis, chocolate, coffee and blackberry jam filled, wine, made from a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot is a pleasure to taste.

93 points - Tasted
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2009 St. Pierre continues on its path of improvement since 2005. Because the property is not as well known as many St. Julien wines, the wine remains well priced for its quality. In fact, along with Branaire Ducru, it offers one of the better deals for fine wine from the Medoc in 2009. With deep ruby hues, the wine smells of dark berries, cassis, anise, cracked black pepper, and oak. Rich, fresh, and round, this full bodied wine finishes with lush cassis, boysenberry, spice, and chocolate flavors. 94-96 Pts.

95 points - Tasted
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2008Château Saint-Pierre  (St. Julien)92 pts

This is the success story of St. Julien. The property was known for producing a strong wine in 1961. It took close to 45 years before they began making strong wines. Since 2005, they have been getting better every year. Chocolate, coca powder, cassis, earth, sweet black cherry and coffee bean aromas were coupled with a long, polished, cassis and blackberry filled finish that will drink well young and age for at least two decades.

92 points - Tasted
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2008 Saint Pierre opens with oak, vanilla, black raspberry and chocolate scents. In the mouth, the wine feels round and approachable. The finish ends with a blast of cassis and blackberry. This is a property that keeps getting better, but sadly prices continue rising as well. 92 Pts

92 points - Tasted
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2007Château Saint-Pierre  (St. Julien)90 pts

Lots of easy drinking charm here. The wine is medium bodied, with mature notes of tobacco, flowers, espresso, cedar and red fruits. Soft, with a smooth, polished feeling to the tannins, the wine,with its red plum and cassis profile is fully ready to drink.

90 points - Tasted
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2006Château Saint-Pierre  (St. Julien)92 pts

Truffle, blackberry, smoke, menthol and herbs offer the aromatic profile. Soft and round textured for the vintage, the wine is approachable today with its fresh, sweet blackberry and cassis personality.

92 points - Tasted
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Polished, round and supple in texture, this rich, ripe wine offers a lot of licorice, coffee bean, black cherry and earthy notes. It's soft enough to drink young, but time is only going to make it better.

91 points - Tasted
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2005Château Saint-Pierre  (St. Julien)90 pts

Fully mature, this medium bodied wine shows an earthy, oaky, black cherry driven character with tobacco and cocoa in the dusty finish. I've enjoyed subsequent vintages a lot more.

90 points - Tasted
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2004Château Saint-Pierre  (St. Julien)90 pts

Ripe, with licorice, coffee bean, blackberry and jammy, cherry notes in the perfume, the wine is lush, round and soft, with a plush, black cherry and oaky finsh.

90 points - Tasted
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2000Château Saint-Pierre  (St. Julien)90 pts

Tobacco, cedar wood, earth, creme de cassis and blackberry scents open to a medium/full bodied wine that is ready to drink. While pleasant and with some charm, this is not at the level of wines being produced by the St. Julien chateau today.

90 points - Tasted
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1996Château Saint-Pierre  (St. Julien)87 pts

With the light color of a mature wine, tobacco, spice, cedar and cassis, medium body and a slightly, drying tart, cassis finish, this wine is past its prime. The wines being made today at this St. Julien property are not in the same styleas previous vintages and show a marked increase in quality and the ability to age and evolve.

87 points - Tasted
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1961Château Saint-Pierre-Sevaistre  (St. Julien)91 pts

Fully mature, this medium bodied, soft, delicate, tobacco, earth, cigar leaf and cherry filled wine should enjoyed sooner than later. That being said, it's probably a good 1961 to find at auction, as prices are low for a wine this nice.

90 points - Tasted
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Surprisingly good, and filled with truffles, spice, cigar box, earth, black currants and cherry, the wine offers the silky, patina of age along with the earthy, spicy, tobacco laden flavors that can only come with serious bottle age. This is not going to improve, but it's great today. As Saint Pierre did not have much of a reputation in those days, if you're seeking a semi reasonably priced 1961 Bordeaux, this is probably available for a fair price.

91 points - Tasted
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