Château Pichon Baron 2016: a Pauillac with superb structure
Château Pichon Baron is a 2nd Classified Growth produced in the Pauillac appellation. The vineyard, with a total area of 73 hectares, is planted on Quaternary gravel, which is made up of pebbles and sand. The wine is matured in barrels for 18 months, with a proportion of 80% new barrels and 20% barrels of one previous wine. The Château Pichon Baron 2016 blends 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot.
The 2016 vintage at Château Pichon Baron was characterized by a cold and humid winter, a spring with plenty of rainfall (the flowering unfolded miraculously under excellent conditions) and a summer marked by heat and drought. The beautiful Indian summer allowed for an optimal ripening of the grapes. The harvest took place from the 3rd to the 18th of October.
At tasting, the Château Pichon Baron 2016 reveals an intense nose of great purity, combining fragrances of black fruits (blackberries, blueberries) with woody (cedar) and mineral (graphite) notes. This medium-bodied wine is structured with refinement even if the tannic pattern seems very tight. But the creamy and docile character of the tannin at the finish is masterful. The length is fantastic with a beautiful aromatic persistence.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 Pichon-Longueville Baron is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot picked between 3 and 18 October at 39 hectoliters per hectare for estate (therefore the Grand Vin will be less). It is matured in 80% new oak and 20% one year old for 18 months. 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.