Château Saint-Pierre 2015 - A.O.C Saint-Julien
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Deep garnet-purple in color, it offers expressive blackberries, black currants and stewed black plums on the nose with suggestions of menthol, rare beef, black olives and tobacco. Medium-bodied and tautly structured with ripe, grainy tannins and a lively backbone with vibrant, muscular form, it finishes long and savory.
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Dark currant, blackberry and boysenberry reduction notes form the core, while a racy, charcoal-edged spine cuts through from start to finish. The long finish smolders with a warm cast iron accent. Well done. Best from 2022 through 2038. 5,833 cases made.
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Born into a family who have lived in the Médoc region for over three hundred years, Henri Martin, grandson of a cellar-master at Château Gruaud-Larose and son of a cooper from the village of Beychevelle, was a bold, visionary man who left his mark on the history of the Saint-Julien region.

It all began with a small estate in Saint-Julien, Château Haut-Beychevelle Gloria, with the family’s historic wine that fired Henri Martin’s enthusiasm. Keen to seek out noble parcels of land, Henri Martin set out to develop Château Gloria, a tremendous accomplishment and an approach never before seen in the history of the Médoc, in which he successfully negotiated the purchase of parcels that mostly formed part of Saint-Julien’s “cru classé” vineyards to build up his life’s work. Incidentally, the name “Gloria” helped to build the reputation of Domaines Henri Martin.

He also bought Château Saint-Pierre, an 1855 Grand Cru Classé, bringing new life and integrity to this outstanding Beychevelle estate. Finally, in the 1980s, he bought Château Bel Air, a Haut-Médoc “cru bourgeois”, which has since been renamed Château Bel Air Gloria.

These properties together cover over 100 hectares and are being developed within a family atmosphere by his daughter Françoise, son-in-law Jean-Louis Triaud and his grandchildren Vanessa and Jean Triaud, following the principles laid down by this dynamic, pioneering man.

Henri Martin’s daughter Françoise, her husband Jean-Louis Triaud, their two children Vanessa and Jean and their respective spouses Orphée and Caroline keep Domaines Henri Martin running smoothly.

They are all involved in the Domaines, all looking to constantly improve the results and maintain their wines to the highest standards by following a policy of sensible progress and a family tradition that show no signs of letting up: indeed, the future looks bright.

History of Château Saint-Pierre

This elegant building was designed in accordance with Médoc tradition. It stands in the midst of the vines. Its winemaking history goes back to the 16th Century. The estate is considered to be one of the oldest in the Médoc. From 1693, the archives confirm the existence of a wine estate known as “Serançan”, owned by the Marquis de Cheverry.

In 1767, Baron de Saint-Pierre bought the estate and, in accordance with the customs of the time, gave it his name. The story goes that the good Baron counted on his patron saint to open the gates of heaven for him.

After his death in 1832, his two daughters shared his inheritance. One, married to Colonel Bontemps-Dubarry, received half of the vineyards, the cellars and the château; the other, married to a Swede, Mr. de Luetkens, who also owned La Tour Carnet, received the remaining vineyards. This meant that the estate was broken up.

However, Saint-Pierre was not left out of the 1855 classification in which the estate, the two halves of which were now being run separately, appeared at the top of the list of 4th grands crus.

In 1892, Mrs. de Luetkens sold her share to Léon Sevaistre (who already owned Château Saint-Louis in Saint-Julien) so that, by the end of the 19th Century, Saint-Pierre was divided between two families and lived under two labels: « Saint-Pierre-Sevaistre » and « Saint-Pierre-Bontemps-Dubarry ».

In 1922, two Antwerp merchants, the brothers Pierre and Charles Van den Bussche, brought together the two halves of the estate, except for the cellars bought from Colonel Bontemps-Kappelhoff (grandson of Colonel Bontemps-Dubarry) by Alfred Martin, who was looking for somewhere to store the new barrels that he made day after day. Sixty years later, as luck would have it, his son, Henri Martin, was able to bring things full circle. In 1981, he bought the Château Saint-Pierre house, which resembled a large country house, attracted by the site and the space that would allow him to build a bottling cellar.


An exceptionnal terroir

The Domaines Henri Martin vineyards are mostly situated in the Saint-Julien appellation, with some in the Haut-Médoc appellation under the Château Bel Air Gloria name. It’s well known that Saint-Julien is the smallest of the four major Médoc appellations, but it has a big reputation! This appellation can boast the highest concentration of “1855 crus classés”: 11 over 900 hectares. There are no lesser wines in Saint-Julien... It’s even said that Saint-Julien is the quintessence of Médoc wines, striking a balance between the softness and femininity of Margaux and the strength of Pauillac. It offers the delightful fullness, fruit and delicacy of the former along with the latter’s robustness and structure. Saint-Julien wines are generally characterised by their superb harmony and great finesse, their refined, elegant, typical aromas of red berries and undergrowth, their high-quality tannins and their vigour and richness.The Haut-Médoc appellation covers 4,567 hectares. Its soils consist mainly of layers of Garonne gravel on which Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot thrive to make it a known and appreciated terroir.

Work on the vines

Estates Director Rémi Di Costanzo heads a Domaines team of 45 men and women who work daily in the vineyards and cellars, on the bottling line or on administrative tasks.  The entire Triaud family is hugely grateful for the team’s good humour, respect for tradition, know-how and desire to do a good job. Every year during the harvest period, the Domaines take on over 150 seasonal workers to help the local team pick the grapes across all the parcels. Everyone plays a precise, enthusiastic part in producing and selecting the best bunches to make quality wines that faithfully reflect the Saint-Julien appellation and the Domaines Henri Martin style.

Winemaking and cellars

Domaines Henri Martin have invested in modern production facilities, with two sorting lines and vibrating tables fitted with optical sorting technology to receive the harvested grapes.

In 2008, part of the vinification cellar was restructured, with the arrival of a new fermenting room incorporating every form of technological innovation and progress. Its stainless steel, temperature-controlled tanks are mostly fitted with automatic pumping-over systems.

Domaines Henri Martin mature their wines in over 2,000 barrels divided between 5 dedicated cellars. The owners are concerned about caring for the environment and have been awarded a level 3 High Environmental Value certification (HEV 3) and the ISO 14001 certification.

Technical sheet

  • The producer
    Château Saint-Pierre
  • Type of wine
    Fourth Classified Growth
  • Appellation
  • Superficy
    17 hectares
  • Age of the vines
    50 years
  • Harvests
    100% hand harvested
  • Barrels
    50% of new barrels
  • When should you drink it?
    Drink between 2022 and 2040
  • Wine apogee
  • How is it now?
    Encore jeune on doit le garder en cave
  • Service temperature

The vineyard

This Red wine (Classified Growth) from Saint-Julien is made with a vineyard that has an area of 17 hectares by Château Saint-Pierre. The average age of the vines is 50 years. The harvest for this wine are 100% hand harvested.

Into the cellars

This wine has remained 16 months in Oak barrels. For this wine, the estate has made the choice to incorporate 50% of new barrels.


The A.O.C Saint-Julien (968 hectares) was formalized in 1936. Located between Pauillac and Margaux both geographically and in style, it is one of the smallest Medoc appellation but the most consistent in quality. 18 active producers including 11 Classified Growths.
The appellation extends over 4.8 kilometers long by 3.2 kilometers wide and offers wines whose tannins have an incomparable finesse. What characterizes Saint-Julien is the terroir and the micro-climate. The terroir is a subtle blend between the contributions of stony alluvium from the Garonne and those from the Dordogne. The contributions therefore from the Pyrenees and the Massif Central. You should know that this agglomeration of rocks slowly broken then spread over the millennia is an exceptional case.