Barbecue season is comebacking, and again I am finding myself drifting to this wine. With beef burgers on the grill, this is consistently my go to juice. Time did not allow me the usual 3+h decant, but for sure it got to where it should be by that time. It gives a lot of St Julien pleasure and matches the beef burgers so well that I just want more of all. The 6-7 months since last bottle have done it good, but still think another 2-3 years is what it really needs. Of course not a great vintage but to the price (and pairing) it is super.
Definite improvement since last year, this is starting to drink well. Still quite tannic, with a bitter twinge to the finale, but after a few hours in the decanter, enough spicy fruit emerges to make this a good St.Pierre, if not a great one. I still wonder if they couldn't have done better: the fruit will never have the intensity and sweetness of a great vintage, so less oak and extraction would have been more appropriate. Probably still two years away from its peak, but I wonder how long the fruit will enable it to last after that.
Good pairing with lamb. This time given I took this to restaurant and had no chance to decant prior only about half an hour of decant time before consumed. It continued to get better with each glass, but was very primary. This wine is great, but it needs at least 3 hours of decant (ideally I'd say 6-10 hours) to get the maximum out of it today. Otherwise it sure will hold another 10 years +, it is build to last.
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(Chateau Saint-Pierre St Julien) This wine carries the aromas of sweet liquorice and pencil graphite over sweet fruit. It seems surprisingly open and approachable, with the suggestion of early maturity on the nose. The palate has a soft and welcoming flesh, with a nice smoky grip beneath. A lovely, meaty, slightly earthy character, spiced with a hint of green peppercorn. Overall a good wine, but in a rather awkward phase right now, so difficult to judge. I suspect it will come good given another five years or so as all the raw materials are here. Tasted over dinner in Bordeaux.
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