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Without the prestige and renown of a ‘first-growth’, St.-Julien is sometimes overshadowed by its immediate northern neighbour, Pauillac, or the sprawling villages that make up Margaux to the south.  However, St.-Julien boasts the highest percentage of classified vineyards within its boundaries of any of Bordeaux’s major communes.  With less than 1,000 hectares under vine, St.-Julien is also the smallest of the Medoc communes, yet an impressive 80% of its vineyards are classified, amongst 11 properties.st.-julien.jpg

And whilst it doesn’t have a headlining ‘first-growth’, there are five excellent second-growths in St.-Julien, including a popular candidate for promotion should ever the potential arise, the majestic Leoville-Las Cases.  

Stylistically, St.-Julien's wines tend to be finer, with more powdery tannin structure than those of Pauillac to the north, perhaps not exhibiting either the power or the exoticism some of Pauillac's properties display.  Similarly, they generally do not possess the heady perfume that Margaux can be renowned for.  Instead the wines of St.-Julien are perhaps the most reliable and consistent in the Medoc, with good purity and longevity.