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Bordeaux – France

Saint-Julien is a small but important red wine appellation of the Haut-Médoc district on the Left Bank of Bordeaux in south-western France. Its reputation is based on its status as a reliable source of consistently elegant, age-worthy wines.

The appellation laws for Saint-Julien – established in 1936 with many other regulations in Bordeaux – state that its wines must be made from grapes grown in the commune of Saint-Julien Beychevelle, or very specific parts of the communes of Cussac and Saint-Laurent. The document lists the plots (parcelles) eligible for the title.

The grapes permitted for use here are Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Carmenère, Petit Verdot and Malbec. They must come from vineyards planted to a minimum density of 6500 plants per hectare (2631 per acre), with specified vine-management techniques.

TypeRegionNameVintageRating
Château Beychevelle 4CCChâteau Beychevelle 4CCRP 88
Château Branaire 4CCChâteau Branaire 4CCRP 90
Chateau Du Glana Cru BChateau Du Glana Cru B-
Chateau Gloria Cru BChateau Gloria Cru BRP 88
Chateau Gloria Cru BChateau Gloria Cru BRP 85
Château Gruaud Larose 2CCChâteau Gruaud Larose 2CCRP 90
Chateau Saint Pierre 4CCChateau Saint Pierre 4CCRP 87+
Chateau Saint Pierre 4CCChateau Saint Pierre 4CCRP 88
Chateau Talbot 4CCChateau Talbot 4CCRP 88
Connetable de TalbotConnetable de TalbotRP 91; WE 89
Connetable de TalbotConnetable de TalbotTalbot RP 87
Duluc de BranaireDuluc de BranaireBranaire RP 89
Duluc de BranaireDuluc de BranaireBranaire RP 91
Sarget de Gruaud LaroseSarget de Gruaud LaroseGruaud RP 94; WS 91
Sarget de Gruaud LaroseSarget de Gruaud LaroseGruaud RP 86
Sarget de Gruaud LaroseSarget de Gruaud LaroseGruaud RP 86
Sarget de Gruaud LaroseSarget de Gruaud LaroseGruaud RP 93; JS 93