June 8th 2017
Ch Pichon Longueville Baron has produced a majestic wine in 2016. A wine of great intensity, velvety texture and lingering finish, it is a wonderful addition to the lineage of this great Medoc estate.
The Cabernet Sauvignon rich blend offers notes of pure cassis and dark chocolate; the softer Merlot fruit enrobes the palate and enriches the tantalizing finish. The fruit for the grand vin now comes from a specific vineyard opposite Chateau Latour and its pedigree is abundantly evident. Once again this is a property that navigated the tribulations of the vintage with great skill and the results speak for themselves, in short archetypal Pauillac.
Ch Pichon Baron 2ème Cru Pauillac 2016
£675.00 per 6 bottles IB
£1,350.00 per 12 bottles IB
£680.00 per 3 magnums IB
A very exuberant Pichon Baron, full of abundant dark cherry fruits. A sweetly intense wine, with a great degree of generosity and real succulence. Not the cool fruit character that some of the 2016s have, this is all about mocha and dark forest fruits. The tannins provide breadth, but without excess. This will give lovers of this famed estate huge pleasure. Drink 2026-2038. 93-95 points, Goedhuis & Co
It has a very intense, extremely pure bouquet with blackberry, bilberry, cedar and graphite notes; it is a straight-down-the-fairway Pauillac. The palate is medium-bodied with a very tensile opening, that seam of graphite penetrating the black fruit. There is a wonderful structure here, unapologetically classic in style with just the right amount of austerity on the aristocratic finish. The aftertaste is incredibly long, lingering after two or three minutes in the mouth. This is a majestic Pichon-Baron and it may well to surpass both the 2009 or 2010. Drink Date 2026 – 2060. 96-98 points, Neal Martin
I have been waiting for this for a long time. It’s a remake of the legendary 1990 Pichon Baron. Full body, ultra-polished yet powerful tannins and a glorious finish. The will evolve beautifully. The core of fruit and tannins are great. A truly great Pichon Baron. 98-99 points, James Suckling
The 2016 Pichon-Longueville Baron is fabulous. In fact, the 2016 is one of the best recent Pichon-Barons I can remember tasting. Smoke, gravel, chocolate, graphite, licorice, leather, black cherry and grilled herbs open up first as the wine shows off its extraordinary aromatic palette. Like so many wines in this vintage, the 2016 delivers serious flavor intensity, but with no excess weight. The richness of the Cabernet, at 85% of the blend, is palpable, as is the quality level. Vivid and deep to the core, the wine finishes with notable density, yet retains its midweight structure. 93-96 points, Antonio Galloni
Very dense and firm, but not overly tannic, this is a super-cassis vintage for Pichon Baron with gentle extraction really benefiting this wine. Long, fresh and calm, this is a wine that is built on the slightly smaller Cabernet berries than normal thanks to the hot summer and this gives it a very dark, smooth, vortex of fruit at its core. The result is a wine which I feel will sit side by side with the 2015 in years to come showing two fascinating vintages with equal flair and integrity. 18.5+ points, Matthew Jukes