A candidate for one of the finest St.-Juliens of the vintage, St.-Pierre's 2006 is one of the smaller productions in this consistent appellation, making it difficult to find in the marketplace. Its deep opaque purple color is accompanied by notes of roasted herbs, charcoal, graphite, and extravagant creme de cassis and licorice. Full-bodied, powerful, deep, and rich with outstanding balance, purity, texture, and length, this stunning 2006 will be very long-lived. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2030.
Tasted at the château, the 2006 Château Saint-Pierre has a ripe blackberry, kirsch, cedar and liquorice-scented bouquet that feels as if it is approaching its drinking plateau. The palate is sweet on the entry with liquorice-tinged black fruit, slightly rustic tannins, quite spicy and peppery towards the finish. There is impressive body to this Saint-Pierre, even though it does not possess the precision that more recent vintages have displayed.
Full-bodied, with firm, slightly austere and chewy tannins. Medium finish.
Richer than the Gloria with breadth of ripe fruit. Very chewy on the finish but serious and savoury.
Ruby-red. Sexy aromas and flavors of black- and redcurrant, menthol, licorice and nutty oak, lifted by a violet topnote. Supple, classically dry and quite concentrated, with juicy acidity giving cut to the flavors and extending the finish. A sound tannic spine should ensure at least two decades of development in bottle for this very suave Saint-Julien. This has turned out very well.
A terrific success for this small, somewhat under the radar St.-Julien, St.-Pierre’s 2006 exhibits an inky/blue/purple color in addition to a beautiful bouquet of sweet black cherries, black currants, graphite, toasty oak, and earth. Made in a surprisingly fat, opulent style, it possesses abundant fruit and glycerin as well as a heady, long finish. This stunning wine should firm up in bottle, and drink well for two decades or more.
Good ruby-red. Blackcurrant, licorice and minerals on the nose. Densely packed but quite tightly wound today, showing less flesh and sweetness than the young 2007. The serious tannins coat the teeth, giving this a youthfully austere impression. In an awkward stage following the fining two weeks ago, this appears to be more sturdy but perhaps less fine than the 2007.