Always the most homongenuous commune in the Médoc, with 80% of its 775 hectares under crus classés, the 'quintessential claret' qualities of Saint-Julien shone through in 2010. A little more natural concentration than 2009 due to lower yields, the perfect ripening of the Cabernets gave each château the opportunity to produce wines which beautifully reflect their style and terroir. Quality and individuality have gone hand-in-hand to produce distinctive and distinguished wines with great ageing potential. By Steven Spurrier

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