2018 Chateau Pichon Baron PauillacBlend from France
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"Chateau Pichon Baron 2018 reveals a dark garnet colour. The precise and delicate nose offers notes of fresh fruit, black berries and spices. The attack is mellow, generous, ro...
- 100 Wine Enthusiast
- 97-99 Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 97+ Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
- 97 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
100 Wine Enthusiast
"This great estate in southern Pauillac, facing the Latour vineyard, is at the top of its game. In this release, the tannins are as impressive and dense as the black fruits. Together they form a harmonious ensemble, richly structured, concentrated from the many old vines in the blend, and very ageworthy. Drink from 2027."
97-99 Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2018 Pichon-Longueville Baron is made up of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot. The Merlot was harvested September 24-25, and the Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested October 3-10. The wine is to be aged 18 months in barriques, 80% new and 20% one year old, and production represents 50% of the harvest this year. Very deep purple-black colored, it begins a little coy, rolling slowly and languidly out of the glass with notions of baked raspberries, blueberry coulis, crème de cassis and incense plus nuances of lilacs, truffles, damp soil and garrigue with wafts of lavender and wild sage. Full-bodied, voluptuous and oh-so-seductive, the palate reveals layer upon layer of savory, earthy and black fruit preserves, framed by wonderfully ripe, velvety tannins and lovely freshness, finishing very long and perfumed. Beautiful."
97+ Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
"A beautiful, majestic Pauillac that reminds me a little of the 2000, the 2018 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron checks in as 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot that was brought up in 80% new French oak. It shows the estate's more pure Cabernet, focused, elegant style yet offers full-bodied richness and serious depth of fruit as well as awesome notes of crème de cassis, graphite, lead pencil shavings, tobacco, and wet stone-like minerality. With building tannins, a fresh, focused texture, and a great finish, it's not for those looking for instant gratification, and I suspect it will need a solid decade or more of cellaring, but it will evolve for 50 years or more. It's a profound 2018."
97 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
"Aromas of blackcurrants, blueberries, ash and cedar with hints of conifer. Full-bodied, yet so tight and refined with polished, toned tannins that are creamy and compact with a silky texture. Energetic and driven. Try after 2026."
"Chateau Pichon Baron 2018 reveals a dark garnet colour. The precise and delicate nose offers notes of fresh fruit, black berries and spices. The attack is mellow, generous, rounded and juicy, developing powerful, well-blended tannins. The body is structured with silky, racy tannins. The flavour is carried by the structure, which preserves the mid-palate. The finish is tasty, full, fleshy, and harmonious.
The richness is perfectly integrated and the style is highly characteristic, built to last through the decades, while retaining elegance and distinction." - Winery
100 - Wine Enthusiast
97-99 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
97+ - Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
97 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
|Varietal(s)||Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot|
|Taste||currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak, vanilla, black cherry, plum, smoke, toast and tar|
|Nose||currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee and leather|