Chateau Pichon Baron
les griffons de pichon baron 2016 750ml
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Les Griffons de Pichon Baron is the estate's latest addition. This wine has a pure and direct character. The grapes which make up this wine's blend come primarily from gravelly plots of land near to the Gironde estuary, a good environment for Cabernet-sauvignon.
Les Griffons offers a vigorous and fresh tasting experience, full-bodied and clean, overflowing with energy. It can be laid down in the cellar for over 20 years or enjoyed right away.
"The colour is dark; a deep red garnet. The nose is enhanced by fresh fruit, blackcurrant cream and blueberries with an elegant oaky note. The palate is soft and velvety with delicate, precise tannins. Carried by the great maturity that emanates from the quality of the fruit, the finish is delectable, elegant and distinguished. Overall it is opulent yet light."Jean-Rene Matignon - Technical Director - August 2017
Winter rain helped to replenish the water table satisfactorily. Consistent bud break took place in the second half of April.
Flowering started at the end of May. Thanks to stable weather conditions with very constant temperatures, fruit set accelerated in mid-June. Summer started with warm and sometimes scorchingly hot dry weather. Summer pruning began with leaf and shoot thinning in June and July in order to make the most of this favourable microclimate. The first significant water stress then helped the skins to thicken and led to early ripening of the grapes. In these ideal conditions, targeted thinning was carried out early in order to encourage the assimilation of compounds essential to ensuring perfect ripening.
60% Cabernet-sauvignon, 40% Merlot
60% in new barrels, 40% from barrels of one vintage for 18 months
93 points - Jeb Dunnuck
"There are two second wines from this estate. The 2016 Les Griffons de Pichon Baron is slightly more Cabernet Sauvignon-based and sees 60% new French oak. It's also deeply colored, offers classic Pauillac aromatics, and possesses a medium to full-bodied, concentrated, backward vibe that's going to benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age."
93 points - James Suckling
"Attractive, modern style with assorted, ripe summer berries, layered with upbeat, toasty oak. The palate is fresh and gently muscular tannins serve this wine well. Try from 2022."
91 points - Decanter"This is closer to the signature of the grand vin than that of the Tourelles de Longueville as it comes from soil with a higher gravel content. It represents 30% of production. Beautiful, rich dark purple in colour from a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 48% Merlot, a more classic interpretation of a MÃ©doc second wine than Les Tourelles. This is gorgeous, with a sense of restraint behind the deep, plump fruit. 18 months in 60% new oak reinforces the silky tannins. I like this very much."
91 points - Vinous
"The 2016 Les Griffons de Pichon Baron is quite powerful and dense. Aging, and specifically, the barrel regime of 18 months in oak (60% new) has left the 2016 with a heavy toast/torrefaction quality that at present overpowers the dark fruit and Cabernet aromatics the wine showed from barrel. Frankly, I liked the 2016 more en primeur."
91 points - Wine Spectator
"This is fleshy and caressing in feel, letting warm plum sauce and cassis notes roll along, lined with pretty violet and anise accents. There's a light tug of earth through the gently toasty finish, but this is pretty much all fruit and is ready to go. Drink now through 2030."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Les Griffons de Pichon Baron gives aromas of tar, sautÃ©ed herbs and earth over a cassis and baked cherries core. The palate is medium to full-bodied, firm and chewy, finishing with an herbal lift."
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