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  • Country ranking ?

    571
  • Producer ranking ?

    2
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2025

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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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Wine Information

Winter rain helped to replenish the water table satisfactorily. Consistent bud break took place in the second half of April. 

Flowering started at the end of May. Thanks to stable weather conditions with very constant temperatures, fruit set accelerated in mid-June. Summer started with warm and sometimes scorchingly hot dry weather. Summer pruning began with leaf and shoot thinning in June and July in order to make the most of this favourable microclimate. The first significant water stress then helped the skins to thicken and led to early ripening of the grapes. In these ideal conditions, targeted thinning was carried out early in order to encourage the assimilation of compounds essential to ensuring perfect ripening.

During the last days of July, still dry and hot, the first grapes started to change colour. Stormy periods in August and September boosted ripening. The skins grew finer and flavours became more expressive. On the whole, maturity was very consistent. Thanks to firm, strong skins, phenolic maturity progressed without risk of over-ripening.

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2015 Pichon Baron showed more spicy fruit than 2016, but still had the same power and length. 97p.

  • 97p

Ruby. Cassis, blueberries, some vanilla, intense, dense and rich nose, almost massive nose, leaps out of the glass even if somewhat shut. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, red berries, darker fruits, spices, dense, structured, firm, very long finish. Drink from 2030 to 2065. 97

  • 97p

77% Cabernet Sauvignon and 23% Merlot.

Dark, powerful and delicious aromas with concentrated blackberries, leather, coffee beans, wood and a pretty crisp smoke. This is masculine.

Rich and broad with pretty complexity. Sweetish and more plums in this vintage. Black plums, cassis, toast, cedar and lots of coffee. More complex than the tasting in August. Deeper tones. Long exit with lovely graphite. Classic Pauillac. Fantastic wine. Lovely balance. Will last for 30-40 years.

  • 96p

The colour of Château Pichon Baron 2015 is intense deep garnet red. The nose is expressive and delicate, offering a wonderfully aromatic range of summer berries, black cherries and blueberries, very lightly underpinned by a toasted spiciness. The attack is mellow and the palate, like the nose, is precise and refined. Well-integrated woodiness and delicate, velvety tannins carried by ripe and generous fruit. The finish is juicy and precise. There is overall opulence and denseness from start to finish.
This wine is harmonious, with an impressive balance between the fruit and the delicate tannins.

Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Pichon-Longueville Baron is enticingly scented of chocolate-covered cherries, crushed red currants and mulberries with touches of baking spices, potpourri and bay leaves plus a hint of fallen leaves. Sumptuously elegant, refreshing and medium-bodied with gorgeous, expressive, perfumed red fruits and very fine, very firm tannins, it has a persistent, perfumed finish. Its remarkable intensity, freshness and very firm frame suggest a long-lived Pichon Baron, which should cellar gracefully for 30+ years.

  • 97p
Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Expressive nose with opulent character, rich fruit and elegant spiciness. Dark chocolate and roasting aroma in the background. On the palate opulent and rich with freshness, excellent length, firm but mature tannins and expressive fruit. Roasting aroma lingering in the background.
  • 96p
Deep colour. Elemental with cassis black olive cedar vanilla notes. Sweet cassis, black berry fruit, plentiful dry tannins, bitter cola notes. Finishes grippy but long and sweet. Well balanced wine. 94 points
  • 94p
Pichon Baron Pauillac Good deep colour, promising fruit on the nose, blackcurrant earthy notes, quite bright, this has pleasant texture, plump, fresh with an excellent finish, toasty. This is a step up in complexity and class. A fine wine for the vintage and chateau. 93-96/100 2030-2060
  • 95p
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Pauillac, Bordeaux

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