1996 Clement Pichon, Haut Médoc

SKU #110601 Wine Spectator

 Impressively concentrated with plum and earthy character, if a bit rustic and fat in style. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a medium finish.  (1/ 1999)

K&L Notes

We were very impressed with the 1996 Clement Pichon at several tastings. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cab Franc. The beautiful nose leads to black cherry and coffee notes. There's plenty of fruit and nice balance, allowing this wine to be enjoyed fairly young or age for several years. It has a nice touch of elegance. Clement Pichon is a familiar name to many that have visited Bordeaux. Located in southern Médoc not far north of the city of Bordeaux, this Château is one of the most beautiful in the region. Planted in 1976, the vineyard is really coming of age.

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/11/2014  | Send Email
Showed a lovely mix of dried herbs, tart dried currants and Asian spices, along with fragrant red fruit and peppery spice.

By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/27/2013  | Send Email
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A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (30%) and Cabernet Franc (10%), this nicely aged, matured Cru Bourgeois Bordaeaux came directly to us from the library cellar of the chateau. In its opulent, distinctive bouquet, you will be treated to blackberry, mocha, cedary to antiqueish components, which carry over well into its complex, lush, silky mouthfeel. Sophisticated, elegant and well-integrated, this Gem finishes with a long, warm, and intricate finish. Rusty has informed me that this Gem will definitely be one of our house reds for the month. 13.0% ABV
Drink from 2013 to 2018

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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France

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