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2011 Pichon Baron

Colour: Red
Vintage: 2011
Appellation: Pauillac
93-95 (NM)
Pichon Baron is the most photographed Chateau in Bordeaux and produced good, occasionally brilliant, wines from the 60s to 80s. Since the purchase of Pichon Baron in 1988 by AXA Millesimes, the property has gone from strength to strength to become one of the most consistent in quality and fair in value. The quality achieved from this grand terrior is constantly biting at the heels of next door neighbour Latour. Under the stewardship of Christian Seely this estate has shown itself to be one of the most consistently high-performing Chateaux in Pauillac, if not the whole of the Medoc. The improvements began under the auspices of Jean-Michel Cazes (of Lynch Bages fame) culminating in the sensational 1989/90 combination; they continued and indeed arguably picked up further pace in 2000 when the charming, bow-tie-sporting Christian Seely took over. Since then the estate has moved to a new level, with the most significant change being the accurate identification of the most appropriate plots across the estate for each of their wines. Whilst this has inevitably reduced the potential volume, the quality of fruit which now goes into the Grand Vin is so exceptional that Pichon Baron can be considered a true paragon of Pauillac. As Neal Martin states “the wines of Pichon-Baron certainly rank with some of the best in Pauillac... This is undoubtedly a château that has really found its own identity since the late-80's and under the aegis of Christian Seely, is asserting itself as a Pauillac wine to be reckoned with.”

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2011 Pichon Baron

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2011 Pichon Baron

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2011 Pichon Baron

93-95 (NM)
£965 12 pack case(s) available

2011 Pichon Baron

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Cs (12)
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Cs (3)
Loose
Price
Per
Region: Red Bordeaux
93-95 (NM)
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£965
12
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Tasting Notes and Scores

92-94

Bordeaux Index

Christian Seely seemed very pleased with their wines in 2011, if a little disappointed in the eventual amount of wine made (yields are a long way down due to the various challenges of the awkward growing season) and we too were very satisfied with a delicious, fruit-driven Pichon Baron. Perhaps more ‘obvious’ than the Comtesse, but no worse for that - this is a wine bursting with personality and that signature 2011 'crunch'. Top stuff.

91

Wine Advocate

Its bigger, more famous sibling, the 2011 Pichon Longueville Baron exhibits a dense ruby/purple color, an opulent mouthfeel for a 2011, silky tannins and no hard edges. Medium-bodied and well-endowed, it is a major success in this vintage. It should hit its stride in 3-4 years and last for 15+. Drink: 2017 - 2032
-Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #212 Apr 2014

(90-92+)
This splendid Pauillac estate’s 2011 exhibits an impressively saturated ruby/purple color as well as notes of spring flowers interwoven with creme de cassis, licorice and background incense and toasty oak. The tannins are firm and the wine is medium-bodied and rich with layers of fruit and extract as well as a long finish. An outstanding example of the vintage, it will need 3-4 years of cellaring and should drink well for 15-20 years.

93-95

Neal Martin

A blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot picked from 12th September until 28th or something (according to a vague Mr. Seely.) It sports a ripe, more extrovert nose than some of its neighbours, with lush blackberry, boysenberry, a touch of cherry liqueur and underneath, typical Pauillac traits of graphite and tobacco. Leaving the glass for five minutes it unwinds nicely and shows great purity. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins on the entry, good grip and weight, a 2011 with real substance and chutzpah. The more I leave this in my glass, the more I like it. Very harmonious with layers of ripe blackberry and a touch of white pepper, the finish forgetting it is 2011 and not 2009. This is an outstanding Pichon Baron for the vintage. Tasted three times with consistent notes. Tasted April 2012.

92-93

Michael Schuster

[82CS/18M] Tight, mineral and black fruit cabernet nose, quite marked by its new oak; moderate proportions for the château, with a lively acidity and fine grained tannin, a lean and linear style; taut, brisk, slender, minerally, with delicate core fruit, complexity, refinement and excellent length. A lean, long distance runner just lacking a little flesh. Class yes, charm? 2025-40 [M.Schuster, Bordeaux Mar/Apr 2012]

92-95

Wine Spectator

This has muscle, but is fleshy and almost creamy along the edges, with a very dense core of plum, blackberry and cassis waiting in reserve. A sleek iron edge cruises in on the finish and adds some serious length.-J.M.

92-93

James Suckling

Very pretty aromas of currants and blueberries with hints of flowers. Full body with silky tannins and a fruity finish. Refined. Very polished tannins.

17.5-1

Jancis Robinson

Drink 2020-2035 Since 2000, there's been a more consistent separation of plots. Grand vin now always includes the old Cabernet vines on the plateau overlooking Latour. 50% of production went into the grand vin this year, 45% into Les Tourelles. 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot. 80% new oak. Colour of elderberry juice, black core. Slight dusty note on the nose, touch of cedar freshness and underlying cassis purity and an attractive savoury dark edge even though there's a slight note of dark chocolate too. Lots of pure cassis through the heart of the wine. Relatively stern but not at all hard. Lithe, fresh, graphite scented. Deft, full of fruit but not overly fruity. No excess of weight but not thin. Actually quite rich for the vintage. Finely balanced. (JH) 13.3%

865

Wine Lister

Quality 809 | Brand 983 | Economics 783 |
Quality: Above the average quality score of its peer group for the 2011 vintage, 649 Brand: Strong restaurant presence, featuring on 28 of the world's top wine lists, including Marea Economics: Below its peer group average price of £72 for the 2011 vintage Production: Higher production than its peer group average of 151,058 bottles

- www.wine-lister.com June 2017

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