2011 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)
Big tannins, smoky wood notes and prominent fruit mark this wine, along with acidity and freshness. It’s powerful, with the most gentle structure of concentrated dusty tannins and intensely-fresh blackberry-juice flavors.
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.
Very pretty aromas of currants and blueberries with hints of flowers. Full body with silky tannins and a fruity finish. Refined. Very polished tannins.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(a blend of 82% cabernet sauvignon and 18% merlot; 80% new oak; a 50% selection for the grand vin; cropped at 30 hectoliters per hectare): Opaque inky-purple. Inky graphite and cedar notes complicate rich, deep cassis aromas on the refined nose. Youthfully chewy and tannic on the palate, with a saline mineral quality complicating the deep black fruit and smoky herb flavors. The long finish features a repeating mineral tang.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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. (90-92+)
*½+ 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot. A big Cabernet vintage here. Red currant fruit aromas mix with spice and chocolate. Mocha flavors. High tannin from the very small grapes. Nice finish, with a long aftertaste. Very fine. Trey: Dark color, with lots of mocha and blackberry jam flavors. A very masculine style. A bit shut down in the middle right now, with big tannins and lots of structure. A success for the vintage. 91-93 points. AP: Mocha and spice on the intoxicating nose. Lead pencil and blackberry on the mid-palate. Shows great length and complexity with blue and black fruits that continually appear throughout the long, layered finish.