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Saint Julien

The small commune of Saint Julien encompasses about 2,200 acres (900 hectares) of land. Saint Estephe and Pauillac are Saint Julien's neighbors to the north. It is part of the Medoc, an area that lies on the left bank of the Gironde estuary in Bordeaux


In Saint Julien, the dominant grape variety is Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines that come from this area are known for their ability to age and develop for a decade or more.


The chateaux of Saint Julien were considered in the Classification of 1855. While there were no First Growths awarded to any of the chateaux in the commune, five chateaux earned Second Growth status along with two Third Growths and four Fourth growths.


Soil in the region is composed of fine gravel and clay. This type of soil provides very good drainage which stresses grape vines and causes the roots to grow very deep.


As a general comment on style, look for the wines of Saint Julien to have a little less power than the wines of Pauillac and less coarseness than the wines of Saint Estephe. Many of the wines from Saint Julien exhibit a style that is a bit more 'fruit forward' than their local cousins.


Second Great Growths


Château Ducru-Beaucaillou (Saint-Julien)


Château Léoville-Barton (Saint-Julien)


Château Léoville-Las-Cases (Saint-Julien)


Château Léoville-Poyferré (Saint-Julien)


Château Gruaud-Larose (Saint-Julien)


Third Great Growths


Château Lagrange (Saint-Julien)


Château Langoa-Barton (Saint-Julien)


Fourth Great Growths


Château Beychevelle (Saint-Julien)


Château Branaire-Ducru (Saint-Julien)


Château Saint-Pierre (Saint-Julien)


Château Talbot (Saint-Julien)