2020 Chateau Pichon Baron PauillacBlend from France
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- 96-98 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
- 96-98 Wine Enthusiast
- 97 Wine Spectator
- 97 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
- 95-97 Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
96-98 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
The 2020 Pichon Baron is utterly breathtaking, and also one of the very best young vintages I have tasted here. An exotic mélange of red cherry, mint, rose petal and blood orange comes alive in the glass. More than anything, though, the Pichon-Baron possesses remarkable energy and vibrancy that builds to an intense, beautifully focused finish. This is hands down one of the most impressive wines of 2020. Superb.
96-98 Wine Enthusiast
The wine has both the power and the elegant structure that is associated with this estate. The rich tannins are dense while not hard, emphasizing the freshness of the black currant fruits.
97 Wine Spectator
This has a very large-scaled yet properly proportioned core of cassis, plum and blackberry fruit flavors that are remarkably pure and focused. Buried deep within is a sleek, vibrant iron spine that drives the finish as the fruit keeps pace. Extra savory, tobacco and cedar nuances fill out all the remaining available space. A towering wine, with a buttoned-up feel. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best from 2030 through 2045. 12,404 cases made.
97 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
This young Bordeaux is totally seamless with fine, velvet-like tannins that are integrated and refined. Underlying freshness and verve. It’s full-bodied, linear and long with a compact palate.
95-97 Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2020 Pichon-Longueville Baron is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot aging for an estimated 18 months in French oak barrels, 70% new. The production of the grand vin represents 48% of the harvest this year. Opaque purple-black in color, it comes bounding out of the glass with exuberant notions of blackberry pie, preserved plums and crème de cassis, plus suggestions of Chinese five spice, chocolate mint, graphite and cedar chest with a touch of violets. The medium-bodied palate is built like a brick house, featuring firm, ripe, grainy tannins and bold freshness to support the taut, muscular black fruits, finishing long and spicy.
96-98 - Antonio Galloni - Vinous
96-98 - Wine Enthusiast
97 - Wine Spectator
97 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
95-97 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
|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|