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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
Amiral de BeychevelleAmiral de BeychevelleBeyche 89+
Château Beychevelle 4CCChâteau Beychevelle 4CCWA 92
Château Beychevelle 4CCChâteau Beychevelle 4CCRP 88
Chateau Du Glana Cru BChateau Du Glana Cru B-
Chateau Gloria Cru BChateau Gloria Cru BRP 88
Chateau Gloria Cru BChateau Gloria Cru BRP 93
Chateau Gloria Cru BChateau Gloria Cru BRP 91
Chateau Gloria Cru BChateau Gloria Cru BRP 90
Chateau Gruaud Larose 2CCChateau Gruaud Larose 2CCRP 89
Chateau Lagrange 3CCChateau Lagrange 3CCRP 89+
Chateau Leoville Barton 2CCChateau Leoville Barton 2CCRP 92
Chateau Saint Pierre 4CCChateau Saint Pierre 4CCRP 93
Chateau Saint Pierre 4CCChateau Saint Pierre 4CCRP 93
Chateau Talbot 4CCChateau Talbot 4CCRP 90
Chateau Talbot 4CCChateau Talbot 4CCWA 90+
Clos du MarquisClos du MarquisRP 87-88
Connétable de TalbotConnétable de TalbotTalbot RP 88
Connetable de TalbotConnetable de TalbotWA 90
La Croix de BeaucaillouLa Croix de BeaucaillouRP 90
Petit Lion de MarquisPetit Lion de MarquisLeoville 96+
Sarget de Gruaud LaroseSarget de Gruaud LaroseGruaud RP 94
Sarget de Gruaud LaroseSarget de Gruaud LaroseGruaud RP 86