St Julien is the smallest of the "Big Four" Médoc
communes. Although without any First Growths, St Julien is recognised to
be the most consistent of the main communes, with several châteaux turning out
impressive wines year after year.
St Julien itself is much more of a village than Pauillac and almost
all of the notable properties lie to its south. Its most northerly
château is Ch.
Léoville-Las-Cases, whose vineyards actually adjoin those of Latour in Pauillac but to the
south suitable vineyard land gives way to arable farming and livestock until
appellation is reached.
The soil is gravelly and finer than Pauillac, without the iron content which
gives Pauillac its stature. The homogeneous soils in the vineyards (which
extend over a relatively small area of just over 700 hectares) give the commune
a unfied character
The wines can be assessed as much by texture as flavour and there is a sleek
wholesome character to the best. Elegance, harmony and perfect balance and
weight with hints of cassis and cedar are what epitomise classic St Juliens. At
their very best they combine Margaux elegance and refinement with Pauillac
power and substance.
Ch. Léoville-Las-Cases produces arguably the most sought-after St Julien and
in any re-assement of the 1855 Classification it would almost certainly
warrant being elevated to first growth status.
Léoville-Las-Cases, Ch.Léoville-Barton, Ch Léoville-Poyferré, Ch. Ducru-Beaucaillou, Ch Langoa-Barton, Ch Gruaud-Larose, Ch. Branaire-Ducru, Ch. Beychevelle