2013 - Ch Pichon Baron 2ème Cru Pauillac
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Pichon-Longueville Baron
Region
Pauillac
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
Drinking
2020 - 2027
Case size
6x150cl
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2013 CH PICHON BARON 2ÈME CRU PAUILLAC - 6x150cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Pichon-Longueville Baron
Region
Pauillac
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
Drinking
2020 - 2027
Case size
6x150cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £1,040.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2014,
    Score: 88-90

    A classically Cabernet Sauvignon based wine with 82% of the variety in the blend. The initial aromas are of dark sweet blackberry fruits. This is an intensely structured wine for the vintage with lots of spiced cocoa oaked characteristics. The initial weight of fruit just tails off as the crispness of fruit comes through on the finish.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2014,
    Score: 89-91

    The Grand Vin is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot that is being raised in 70% new wood cropped between 20 and 25hl/ha. Harvest kicked off with the old Merlot vines on 7 October and finishing with the old Cabernet vines between 11 and 14 October. Since 2000 until 2011 they have produced 180,000 bottles per year and in 2013 it is 120,000 cases. It has a crisp, defined bouquet with crisp blackberry and cassis fruit interlaced by a fine mineral component. It has less flair than recent vintages - more linear in style. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, gently grippy tannins. There is good depth here, great purity although it does not fan out on the finish like say, the 2009 or 2010. That is to be expected. Otherwise, this is a classic Pichon Baron that should be suitable for early consumption.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, August 2014,
    Score: 91-93

    Potentially the best of all the Pauillacs in 2013 (along with Mouton Rothschild), Pichon Baron is dense purple to the rim, which is not typical in this vintage, and exhibits stunning creme de cassis notes along with licorice, forest floor and white flowers. It is medium-bodied, but very complete, with serious texture, impressive purity, depth and ripe tannins on the finish. This is another 2013 that tastes atypically full and impressive. The final blend from a tiny crop at Pichon Longueville Baron was 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot. Drink it over the next 12-15 years.

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2014,
    Score: 91

    Superb colour, lots of fruit, structure and length on the palate, a strong Pauillac, all vigour and depth and elegance to come. Drink: 2019-2030

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2014,
    Score: 17

    This wine was made from a single plot of vines on a plateau overlooking Château Latour. This was by far the finest grapes that they harvested so it because a single vineyard wine. The terroir here really asserted itself. They have toned everything down in 2013 – using around 60% new oak rather than 80%. It is the smallest amount of wine made here ever. In the 90s they made around 30000 cases. Between 2000 and 2011 they concentrated the yields (and regained a lot of their lost street cred in making some superb wines) and averaged 15000 cases. 2012 was only 12000 cases. In 2013 Pichon-Baron made only 10000 cases thanks to the appalling coulure and millerandage from the awful weather earlier in the season. This is a discreetly macho Pichon with very nice, silky fruit and a lovely blackcurrant theme. The big slug of Cabernet has added some bravado without the usual accompanying weight and tannin. This is a rare style of wine and I like it.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2014,
    Score: 17.5

    82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot. Ripe cherry, dry and tender with a light body and pretty chalky tannin. Much firmer than the Comtesse. Needs plenty of time, I suspect – unusually for 2013s. (RH)

  • TA

    Tim Atkin, May 2014,
    Score: 93

    The sacrifices in terms of quantity (there were “only” 10,000 cases) seem to have paid off at Pichon in 2013. This needs more time in bottle for the coffee bean oak, the acidity and the aromatic, concentrated, Cabernet Sauvignon-based flavours to fully integrate. 2020-28

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Producer

Château Pichon-Longueville Baron

Along with Pichon Lalande, this estate was only one of two Pauillacs to be classified as a secondgrowth in 1855. They have rivalled each other ever since. However, Pichon Baron has remained inthe shadow of its more illustrious neighbour often enabling it to provide good value for money.

Region

Pauillac

Due south of St Estèphe lies the appellation of Pauillac, the king of Left Bank communes. It is home to three first growths as well as a plethora of other classified growths. Pauillac's renowned well-draining, gravelly soils enable its dominant grape Cabernet Sauvignon to reach fantastic heights of complexity and concentration. As a result, Pauilac's wines tend to be full-bodied with compact tannins and good freshness. Its aromatics are often what one associates with classic Bordeaux: pencil shavings, black currant and occasional mint. Some of the most famous châteaux of the commune are Latour, Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild, Pichon Baron, Pichon Lalande and Lynch Bages.