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The 2014 Saint-Pierre 2014 was one of the surprises of the Saint Julien appellation, a wine that has blossomed throughout its élevage and in bottle to the point where it has overtaken its stablemate, the 2014 Château Gloria.
It has a more floral bouquet: vibrant and energetic with fine mineralité. The palate is medium-bodied, a silver bead of acidity, energetic and intense with tobacco and graphite on the finish. For me, the Saint-Pierre has the upper hand this year and it should give two decades' worth of drinking pleasure.
Established in the 17th century, Château Saint-Pierre was awarded the ranking of 4th Grand Cru Classé in the 1855 classification system. The estate became fragmented and it was not until 1982 that the passion of Henri Martin, part-owner of Château Gloria, would elevate the estate to its former glory.
Located in the municipality of Beychevelle, the vineyard of 17 hectares is planted with vines aged 50 years on average. A majority of Cabernet Sauvignon vines is supplemented by Merlot and Cabernet Franc, planted on Gunzien gravel on sandy-clay subsoil. This very qualitative terroir has contributed to making the estate one of the most famous of the northern Medoc and Saint-Julien appellation.
The wine has a very seductive profile, a roundness, and maturity of the tannins. Château Saint-Pierre is now the property of Henri Martin's daughter, Françoise Triaud. Her husband, Jean-Louis Triaud, has also been President of the Girondins de Bordeaux between 1996 and 2017 and is in charge of the General Management.