Pichon Baron

 

SIMPLY AN EXCELLENT PAUILLAC!!

 

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Looks stunning, doesn't it!

Chateau Pichon Baron has a long, long history and I'll mention here the most important facts.

In 1850, Pichon Longueville Baron, according to the will of Baron Joseph de Pichon Longueville after his death same year, was split among his 5 children. Two sons was given the part known as Pichon Longueville Baron and 3 daughters were given a part on the other side of the road, which later became Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande.

From 1930s and until mid-1980s Pichon Baron was owned by Bouteiller family. Under their ownership, the quality of the wine wasn't worth its status with thin and boring wines.

In 1987 French insurance company, AXA Millesimes, purchased this property and Jean-Michel Cazes from Lynch Bages was appointed as manager of it. After a short time he was replaced by Jean-Rene Matignon, who since then has been technical director of Pichon Baron. In 1988, renovation of the chateau and creation of new cellar for vinification and ageing, has begun. Under the new ownership the quality of PIchon Baron started to be better and especially 2005, 2009, 2010 plus last five vintages (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018) are simply excellent.

Pichon Baron covers 73 ha of vines which average age is 35 years. Planted grape varietes are 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.

In addition to Grand Vin, two second wines are produced, Les Tourelles de Longueville and Les Griffons de Pichon Baron. Les Tourelles has more Merlot than Cabernet Sauvuignon in the blend, while Les Griffons has more Cabernet Sauvignon than Merlot.

Pichon Baron is a true Pauillac wine with power, strong backbone and big concentration. It's a modern touch to it. While it's masculine which corresponds very well with the fact that men inherited it in 1850, the other part of at that time big property, across the road, inherited by women and becoming Pichon Comtesse, is much more feminine wine, with more elegance and finesse.

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Wine menu for a day in April 2019 at Pichon Baron, left and right!

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Corine Ilic and Nicolas Santier  from communication department

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2018 Pichon Baron (barrel sample) 98p

Tasted twice - last time in September 2019. Consistent notes. Tight, dense, very powerful with strong backbone, fabulously complex, chewy, rich and with stunning length. Emphatic and stupendous wine! 78% Cabernet Sauvignon + 22% Merlot. In my opinion the best vintage made during AXA's ownership! My rating may be a bit too conservative.

2017 Pichon Baron (barrel sample) 96p

Tasted in April 2019. Power and elegance, fine acidity and fine complexity, fine structure and balance. More accessible than the highly heralded vintages 2015 and 2016.

2016 Pichon Baron 97+p

Tasted in April 2019. Very aromatic and intense on the nose, very powerful yet elegant at the same time, rich, noble and with meaty finish. Exceptional effort.

2015 Pichon Baron 97p

Tasted in April 2019. More spicy fruit and more "muscles" than 2016, but this wine  still had the same power and length. Fabulous stuff.

2014 Pichon Baron 95p

Tasted three times - last time in September 2019. Consistent notes. Classic Bordeaux style with tightness, strong backbone and massive approach. This wine has everything and needs some time to develop. 

2010 Pichon Baron 98p

Tasted twice - last time in April 2019. Not consistent notes. Big balls wine with power and concentration at highest gear, dense and tight, and with unlimited longevity. I remember that this wine like many other wines in vintage 2010 wasn't that stunning and expressive from barrel in April 2011. After bottling it's become a different animal which improved a lot and has turned into true superstar.

2005 Pichon Baron 95+p

Tasted in April 2018. Powerful and tight, dense, with strong backbone, great depth and excellent complexity. Still in their prime youth. We have to wait at least 10 years more to get full insight in this wine's further development. 

2004 Pichon Baron 95p

Tasted in April 2018. Similar to 2005, but fruit here isn't as ripe as in 2005 and tannin not that ripe too and as finely grained. Many years to go with wait for tannin to soften a great deal.

2002 Pichon Baron (barrel sample) 91p

Tasted in September 2003. Very impressive wine with superb compexity, superb structure and delicious fruit.

2001 Pichon Baron 95p

Tasted four times - last time in in March 2009. Consistent notes. Perfectly ripe and beautifully aromatic. Chocolate flavours  in big quantities, stylish and incredibly tasty. This wine continues to be simply a stunner and a sheer joy. 

1996 Pichon Baron 95p

Tasted in April 2007. Aromatic and powerful on the nose, deep on the palate with strong structure. Very concentrated and long on the aftertaste. Splendid wine.

1926  Pichon Baron 92p

Tasted in April 2018. Fishy (oyster) nose but tasted well alive. Better on the palate, clean, fine, delicate palate and nice fruity finish.

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