2010 Chateau Saint-Pierre (Case of Six)

Year: 2010
Appellation: Saint-Julien
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 95-97+
Vinous Media: 92-95
Jeff Leve: 92-94
James Suckling: 92-93
Red Wine
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"A killer trilogy (2008, 2009 and 2010) has been produced by Saint-Pierre and the 2010 is unquestionably one of the all-time great wines this estate has yet made. A candidate for one of the top wines of this remarkable vintage, it offers a thunderball of fruit, extract, glycerin and intensity. Its black/purple color is accompanied by notes of melted licorice, camphor, blackberries, blueberries, creme de cassis and subtle background oak, amazing concentration, unbelievable opulence and intense, but sweet, well-integrated tannins. Moreover, because of lower pH’s and higher total acids across the board in 2010, and despite the high alcohols (this wine’s alcohol content must be 14.5+%), the overall impression is one of elegance, freshness and precision. This cuvee reminded me somewhat of a St.-Julien version of another of the superstars of the vintage, the 2010 Pichon Longueville Baron. The 2010 Saint-Pierre should drink well for 30-40 years. " (WA)

"Deep purple-ruby. Reticent but nuanced nose hints at cassis, brown spices and smoky herbs. Lush and seamless in the mouth, with lovely precision if not palate-busting concentration to the red cherry, blackcurrant, cocoa and underbrush flavors. Really spreads out on the palate and vibrates on the long, aromatic aftertaste. A wine of sneaky concentration and depth, it's a bit more youthfully closed today than usual for Saint-Pierre at this stage, but it still has the typical drink-me-soon appeal of this chateau. I'd forget about it in the cellar for another six or eight years and drink it from 2018 through 2035. Should be an excellent value." (IWC)

"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 dusty in the finish. The Bordeaux wine will be aged in 55% new oak." (JL)

"A blackberry and black currants with minerals and full body. Loads going. Juicy red.$$" (JS)