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2012 Pichon Baron

Colour: Red
Vintage: 2012
Appellation: Pauillac
94 (JS)
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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2012 Pichon Baron

94 (JS)
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2012 Pichon Baron

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2012 Pichon Baron

94 (JS)
£980 12 pack case(s) available

2012 Pichon Baron

Size
Cs (12)
Cs (6)
Cs (3)
Loose
Price
Per
Region: Red Bordeaux
94 (JS)
BTL
1
0
0
0
£980
12
LiveTrade
On LiveTrade wines, as well as a selling price, we continuously quote a firm price at which we will buy the wine. These buying prices are displayed when you select the "In Bond" tab. Provided your wine is in excellent condition and stored professionally under bond, you can sell to us instantly. For even more trading options try the LiveTrade Dashboard.
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Case (12 x 75cl)
CONDITION
Original Wooden Case
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8-12wk
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£895.00
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£980.00
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Case (6 x 75cl)
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£448.00
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Tasting Notes and Scores

92-94

Bordeaux Index

(80% Cabernet Sauvignon/20% Merlot)
Lovely, enticing nose. Sweet, ripe blackcurrant fruit, real purity and juicy characters. Strawberry, redcurrant and damson. Vibrant and engaging. Lovely.

93

Wine Advocate

As for the big sibling, the 2012 Pichon Baron (80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot) probably has the most saturated purple color of the Pauillacs. Its structure is apparent, and the wine offers a wealth of blackcurrant fruit interwoven with licorice, graphite, and background toasty oak. Full-bodied, opulent and moderately tannic, this wine is approachable now because of its low acidity, but promises to age beautifully for 20+ years. This is another great classic from Pichon Baron. 93 points – Robert Parker (Wine Advocate #218, April 2015)

92-94

Neal Martin

Tasted en primeur at the château. A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot picked between 1st and 17th October, the old vines picked form 8th October. It has a strict, quite conservative bouquet that is very focused: sous-bois, graphite and just a touch of mint. The palate is medium-bodied with a grainy entry. There is a good edginess here lent by the citric acidity with a very composed, harmonious finish that lingers nicely in the mouth. Very fine – but much more classic in style than recent vintages – in fact, more like Latour! – eRobertParker.com, May 2013

92-94

Michael Schuster

[80CS/20M] Inky; dense to smell, dense to taste; rich, elegant, concentrated and tannic, lively in acidity and with plenty of matter at its heart; deep, complex, close grained wine, ample but contained and with excellent aromatic length alongside a lovely sweet fruit persistence. A grand presence, a fine, complete, aristocratic Pauillac. 2022-32+ [M.Schuster, Bordeaux Mar/Apr 2013]

92

Wine Spectator

This has a lively spine of briar that pumps through the core of cassis and plum fruit, while anise and sweet tobacco notes fill in on the finish. Shows a twinge of plum skin at the end, but delivers more than enough flesh and drive overall. A solid effort. Best from 2017 through 2027. 14,165 cases made. – James Molesworth (WineSpectator.com, March 2015)

94

James Suckling

A pretty core of ripe-berry, currant and mineral character to this red with a full body, silky tannins and a fresh finish to add. Creamy texture. Better in 2017. – jamessuckling.com, Feb 2015

16

Jancis Robinson

Tasted blind. Meaty nose suggests some Merlot. Round and supple until quite a weight of tannins on the end. Quite appetising. Some attempt at opulence. Drink: 2022-2030 – jancisrobinson.com, Jan 2016

912

Wine Lister

Quality 867 | Brand 983 | Economics 887 |

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Quality: Above the average quality score of its peer group for the 2012 vintage, 703 Brand: Strong restaurant presence, featuring on 28 of the world's top wine lists, including Marea Economics: Above its peer group average price of £60 for the 2012 vintage Production: Higher production than its peer group average of 151,058 bottles

- www.wine-lister.com June 2017

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