Saint Julien Wine Region Guide

The Unrivaled Consistency of Bordeaux — Where Power Meets Perfume


Last updated: January 31, 2024


When the negociants of Bordeaux compiled the 1855 classification, none of Saint-Julien’s chateaux were bestowed the rank of First Growth. Yet no other region in Bordeaux has so high a proportion of classed growths as St-Julien, a curious paradox that continues to elicit debate and disagreement. Nevertheless, few would deny that the exceptional reds of this appellation are among the most consistent and reasonably priced in the Medoc.

Critics typically describe the regional style as offering a transition point between Margaux and Pauillac, and there is some truth in this description. Situated north of the commune of Margaux, St-Julien is perhaps all things to all people, a heady combination of the striking power of Pauillac and Margaux’s refined and exquisite perfume. With comparatively few exceptions, its decorated chateaux make excellent wine year after year, even in challenging vintages. This is perhaps the safest purchase of all the exalted vineyards of Bordeaux. Rarely does St-Julien, from Talbot’s affordable wines to the majestic heights of Leoville Las Cases, ever let you down.


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