St Julien: My Kind of Wine

By May 25, 2012Winemakers

After today, I think all of us on the Bordeaux 201 tour have a better understanding of what Robert Parker  means when he says a wine is “St Julien- like.” We had the opportunity to taste two great St Julien wines and a cru bourgeois just across the stream so it could not be called St Julien: the 2nd growth Léoville Poyferré, the 4th growth Beycheville, lunch and tasting at the 3rd growth Lagrange and cru bourgeois Beaumont.

Our tour and tasting at Léoville Poyferré was led by one of the owners, Anne Cuvelier

Anne Cuvelier, owner of Léoville Poyferré

who explained how the 3 Léovilles became separated: Las Cases, Poyferré and Barton. We tasted both the Chateau wine and its second label, Fiefs.

Then it was off to nearby Lagrange for a tour, tasting and lunch prepared by their private chef: hot and cold tomato and mozzarella with their white, Les Arums; Poultry roll stuffed with mushrooms & Les Fiefs ’03, 3 cheeses with Lagrange ’98 and for dessert, Three Chocolate Charlotte: yumbola!

We ended the day with visits-and tastings at Beychevelle, a superb 4th growth St Julien and its sister chateau, Beaumont, literally across a nearby stream. Both properties are owned by Suntory which has spared no expense in elevating the stature of both. We

Chateau Beaumont

tasted the great ’09 vintages at both estates and we found another great alternative for affordable bordeaux: the Beaumont, selling in France for 8.50 euros!

St Julien profile: midway between soft Margaux and highly structured Pauillac, ie soft tannins, good fruit, lighter than Pauillac but more structure than Margaux/

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Chateau Beychevelle

lunch at Lagrange


tasting at Lagrange

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