The smallest of the four famous Medoc appellations, Saint Julien is nonetheless one of the most reliable in the Haut Medoc. With unrivalled consistency in wine making and relatively homogenous gravel soils, the wines are consistently subtle, balanced and traditional. While this appellation does not boast a First Growth estate, like its neighbors Margaux and Pauillac, it is not lacking in quality. Encompassing the communes of Saint Julien and Beychevelle, Saint Julien produces fine, long lived Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blends that are deeply colored, persistent, intriguing and infinitely rewarding.
Saint Julien Wines at the Grand Tasting
- Chateau Gruaud Larose 2011, 89 Points Robert Parker. “Notes of unsmoked, high quality cigar tobacco are intertwined with plum, black currant and dusty, earthy, loamy soil characteristics.”
- Chateau Gruaud Larose 2000, 94 Points Robert Parker. “This is a pure, full-bodied Gruaud Larose with plenty of new saddle leather, cedar wood, black currants, cherries, licorice, and Provencal herbs.
- Chateau Gruaud Larose 1996, 89 Points Robert Parker. “A stylish, surprisingly civilized, medium-bodied wine without the muscle and power expected from both this terroir and vintage. It still possesses excellent density, as well as roasted herb, licorice, and black currant flavors intermixed with incense-like smells.”
- Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2012, 90-92 Points Robert Parker. “The color is a healthy deep ruby/purple and the wine smells beautiful, exhibiting lots of floral, creme de cassis, licorice and graphite notes. Medium-bodied but slightly deficient in the mid-palate at present, it picks up speed and finishes with serious authority and power.”
- Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2011, 92+ Points Robert Parker. “It boasts an inky/blue/purple color as well as an extraordinary nose of creme de cassis, licorice, subtle wood smoke and spring flowers, a surprising, full-bodied mouthfeel, and stunning intensity, purity, symmetry and length.”
- Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2008, 95+ Points Robert Parker. “Spring flowers, crushed rocks, creme de cassis and some subtle oak are followed by a full-bodied, concentrated wine that transcends the vintage character in its power, richness, and aging potential.”
Saint Julien Wines at the Gala Dinner
- Chateau Gruaud Larose 1989, 89 Points Robert Parker. “The dark garnet-colored 1989 Gruaud-Larose offers up notes of cedar, tobacco leaf, red and black currants, and some hints of compost.”
- Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2003, 94 Points Rober Parker. “This beauty boasts a deep plum/ruby/purple color with a touch of lightening at the edge. Aromas of licorice, creme de cassis, incense and spring flowers are followed by a full-bodied, opulent wine with loads of fruit and glycerin as well as a plush texture.”