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About the Wine
In 2002 Jean Chanfreau and his wife, Marie-Helene set out to make high-quality, affordable Bordeaux, with passion and care. Harvest is all done by hand and they do not employ the use of any harmful herbicides or pesticides. They are unique in their bold choice to feature Merlot as the predominant varietal. Despite being on the left bank Jean and Marie-Helene knew Merlot was best for expertly highlighting the finesse and the balance of their terroir not found anywhere else in the Medoc. The result is a well-balanced red that develops charm and richness early in the bottle. Allowing this wine to be approachable young and ready to drink now.
Jean and Marie-Helene acquired their 4-hectare vineyard in 2002, taking over the for family that had owned this site since 1820. Clos des Demoiselles' old vine Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon is located on the south side of the Puy de Menjon, the highest point of the Medoc. Ensuring proper ripening of the grape's tannic structure, while still maintaining balance and acidity.
2015 was an extremely dry vintage with Mother Nature smiling down at exactly the right moment. Bringing rains and leading to an immaculate harvest of ripe and lush reds. 2015 earned a vintage rating of 94 points from Wine Spectator.
Aging: 14 months in French oak barrels
Tasting Notes: Red Wine. 62% Merlot 38% Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine shows a deep garnet color. The nose is very elegant with black currant, blueberry, and fresh raspberry. Notes of rose petal and crushed stone emerge as this wine opens up in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with balanced acidity, chewy tannins, and a beautiful lingering finish.
About the Wine
Chateau Saint Pierre dates back to the 17th century. Henri Martin purchased the classified Fourth Growth Medoc estate in 1982. Henri Martin's family has a long history in the Bordeaux region, dating back more than 300 years. Today Chateau Saint Pierre is managed by Jean-Louis Triaud, who also manages Chateau Gloria and owns the Girondins de Bordeaux, the professional football team of Bordeaux.
The majority of their vines are located near the village of Saint Julien not far from Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou which retails for $200 a bottle. On average their vines are 50 years old. Saint-Julien has the highest concentration of cru classés with 11 over 900 hectares.
Chateau Saint Pierre is one of the few classified growths that does not produce a second wine. With complete focus on the Grand Vin and leading the use of technology in winemaking, it is no surprise this Grand Vin hailed a 'Bravo!' from multiple critics. Chateau Saint Pierre Saint-Julien was one of the first estates to use satellite imagery to help identify when parcels are ready to pick.
Aging: 14 to 16 months in French Oak
Tasting Notes: Red Wine. 75% Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Merlot 10% Cabernet Franc. Full-bodied, round, and refined. The nose shows espresso, blackberry, and floral notes.
This 17-hectare estate has been rejuvenated by owner Jean-Louis Triaud and is certainly producing some of the top wines from the appellation today. I tasted the deep, inky-colored 2015 Château Saint-Pierre twice and it’s reminiscent of the 2010, only with more elegance. In 2015 the wine is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, and 6% Cabernet Franc and it spent 14 months in 50% new and 50% once used barrels. Chocolate-covered dark fruits, damp earth, tobacco leaf, and lead pencil shaving-like notes emerge from this huge, concentrated beauty that has building tannin and a huge mid-palate. It’s an incredible wine that builds with time in the glass, has no hard edges, and is going to 3-4 decades of life. Bravo! ~97 Jeb Dunnuck
The 2015 Saint-Pierre offers more fruit on the nose than the Gruaud Larose with quite fabulous blackberry laced with pencil lead and tobacco. There is real joie de vivre and intensity here. The palate is medium-bodied with fine but quite firm tannin, very well balanced and pure with a gentle but insistent, mineral-driven, quite sinewy finish that is an absolute treat. This comes highly recommended. Tasted twice both in London and Bordeaux at the property. Bravo. ~94 Wine Advocate
This wine has a very toasty style, with spice and wood tannins that give an extracted character with some bitterness. That contrasts with the fruit that is developing, and it seems that the wood will integrate over time. Drink from 2025. ~92 Wine Enthusiast