A 2nd Grand Cru Classe of Pauillac, belonging to the elite of the Grands Crus of Bordeaux, Chateau Pichon Baron has signed, with its 2018 vintage, a great year in the history of the estate.
After a mild and rainy winter, the spring of 2018 was marked by heavy rains as well. The significant mildew pressure required great attention to the vineyard. The beautiful summer that took place in July then made it possible to obtain very ripe fruit. The high temperatures favored a high degree of anthocyanins in the grapes, which had thick skins, a nice quality of tannins and perfect levels of acidity. At Chateau Pichon Baron, the grape harvest began on September 24 and ended on October 10.
The Chateau Pichon Baron 2018 also rewards the efforts and constant attention of the property's technical teams. From the vineyard to the cellar, nothing was left to chance. A very precise and rigorous selections both of the plots and within the plots allowed the teams to select only the most beautiful grapes.
Blending Cabernet Sauvignon (78%) and Merlot (22%), the Chateau Pichon Baron 2018 is aged in new oak barrels (80%) and barrels of one previous wine (20%) for 18 months.
The Grand Vin of the estate, the Chateau Pichon Baron 2018 epitomizes the excellence of Pauillac Grands Crus. Intense and fruity, the aromatic bouquet offers a magnificent expression of the great terroirs of Pauillac, with notes of black fruits and spices. The powerful palate reveals a rare elegance and incredible persistence. A great Pauillac red wine with a huge potential for guard.
The 2018 Pichon-Longueville Baron is made up of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot. The Merlot was harvested September 24-25, and the Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested October 3-10. The wine is to be aged 18 months in barriques, 80% new and 20% one year old, and production represents 50% of the harvest this year. Very deep purple-black colored, it begins a little coy, rolling slowly and languidly out of the glass with notions of baked raspberries, blueberry coulis, crème de cassis and incense plus nuances of lilacs, truffles, damp soil and garrigue with wafts of lavender and wild sage. Full-bodied, voluptuous and oh-so-seductive, the palate reveals layer upon layer of savory, earthy and black fruit preserves, framed by wonderfully ripe, velvety tannins and lovely freshness, finishing very long and perfumed. Beautiful.