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  • Country ranking ?

    520
  • Producer ranking ?

    2
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035

The Story

Our Grand Vin Château Pichon Baron, classified as a 2nd Grand Cru Classé in 1855, is made with grapes from the oldest vines on the estate’s historic plots.This quintessential Pauillac offers an intense and profound sensory experience of great complexity. Château Pichon Baron exhibits elegance, intensity and exceptional length on the palate. It is a wine that improves year after year and can age for over 40 years in the cellar.

 

The reputation of Pichon Baron until the 1960s was superior to that of Pichon Lalande across the road, it was also placed above Pichon Lalande in the Classification of 1855. But on the death of Jean Bouteillier in 1961 its reputation began to sink. His eldest son Bertrand was still young and inexperienced and there was a lack of money for necessary investments leading to a decline in quality of the wines during the 1960s and 1970s. During the 1980s there were signs of recovery but not at the same speed as with many other properties during this time and certainly nowhere near that of Pichon-Lalande that had prospered enormously under the care of May de Lencquesaing to become one of the first "Super-seconds". 

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Ruby. Intense, cassis, blueberries, some tobacco notes far back, faintly of violets, detailed and layered. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, dark berries, anise, spices, detailed, nuanced, layered, intense, long. 95-97

  • 96p

The grand vin represents 50% of production this year. A blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Merlot, the 2017 Pichon-Longueville Baron is deep garnet-purple in color and simply sings of vibrant blackcurrants, black cherries and rose hip notes with nuances of potpourri, incense, licorice and pencil shavings plus touches of cigar box and fertile loam. Medium-bodied, super intense and possessing stunning poise, it has very firm, fine-grained tannins and a beautifully silken texture, with bags of freshness and a very long, perfumed finish. 95-97p

Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Initially a bit closed, but opening up well. Aroma reminiscent of ripe plums, blackcurrants and blackberries, elegant roasting aroma and oak spices in the background. On the palate great balance, excellent length and depth, complex flavour. A wine rather different on the style than on the quality in comparison to 2016 and 2015. 96

  • 96p

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Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

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