2009 Chateau Saint-Pierre, Saint-Julien (1.5L)

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2009 Chateau Saint-Pierre
Region: Bordeaux
Sub-Region: Saint-Julien
Grape Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Score: 98WA, 93IWC, 92WS, 92WE, 91RAS, 91RB

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The all-time greatest wine I have ever tasted from Saint-Pierre, this estate, the smallest of the grand cru classes of St.-Julien, has an opaque purple color and a spectacular nose of subtle charcoal, creme de cassis, blackberry, and incense. Full-bodied, with striking intensity and flamboyantly rich, exuberant flavors bursting with extract, the St. Pierre has no hard edges, but rather massive, incredibly well-endowed blockbuster style, which should prove to be monumental. Give it 6-8 years to take on more definition and calm down, but this is a 30- to 40-year wine. Bravo!

98 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue # 199 - Feb 2012)

Bright medium ruby. Lovely violet lift to the aromas of cassis, blackberry, cedar, minerals and licorice. Supple and sweet on entry, then tight and vibrant in the middle, with strong acidity currently keeping the wine's redcurrant and mineral flavors under wraps. Most impressive today on the gripping, mineral-driven finish, which features substantial fine-grained tannins and terrific rising length. Hold this for 6 years, then enjoy it over the following 15.

93 points, Stephen Tanzer's Int'l Wine Cellar (Jul 2012)

Dark and winey, with lots of graphite and espresso-tinged grip driving the dark plum, braised fig and steeped black currant fruit flavors. Features lots of tar and briar on the finish. Muscular but mouthwatering. Should unwind nicely in the cellar. Best from 2014 through 2025. 6,250 cases made.

92 points, Wine Spectator (Mar 2012)

Very densely structured, showing the ripe fruit of St-Julien while also powering it with smoky tannins and wood. The acidity is a layer under the sweet fruit and final firm character.

92 points, Wine Enthusiast (Feb 2012)