2013 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1159043 93-95 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. This is a fine wine, full of dark tannins and rich plum fruit. It is solidly constructed, full of fresh fruit while also hinting at a more opulent future.  (4/ 2014)

90-93 points Antonio Galloni

 Dark red cherry, plum, spicecake and crushed flowers are some of the many notes that meld together in the 2013 Pichon Baron. Silky and resonant in the glass, the 2013 impresses for its texture and soft, enveloping personality. While there is plenty of early appeal, the 2013 has more than enough brightness and acidity to suggest it will age gracefully. The 2013 Pichon Baron brings together a classic sense of structure with a modern and very pure expression of fruit. The blend is 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot. Tasted twice.  (4/ 2014)

92-93 points James Suckling

 This is fantastic for 2013 with seamless tannins and a long finish. Extremely well made. Full body, with lovely core of fruit and a fresh finish. Tannin tension here. Reminds me of the excellent 1988.  (4/ 2014)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Potentially the best of all the Pauillacs in 2013 (along with Mouton Rothschild), Pichon Baron is dense purple to the rim, which is not typical in this vintage, and exhibits stunning creme de cassis notes along with licorice, forest floor and white flowers. It is medium-bodied, but very complete, with serious texture, impressive purity, depth and ripe tannins on the finish. This is another 2013 that tastes atypically full and impressive. The final blend from a tiny crop at Pichon Longueville Baron was 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot. Drink it over the next 12-15 years.  (8/ 2014)

89-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (82% cabernet sauvignon and 18% merlot; 70% new oak): Deep red-ruby. Perfumed nose offers enticing scents of dark cherry, tar, Oriental spices, licorice and violet. Very deep, pure, clean and rich on the palate, with flavors of black fruits and sexy spices lifted by aromatic notes of tobacco and ink. Finishes with youthfully chewy but noble tannins. This classic Pauillac displays an almost opulent mouthfeel that is very rare in this vintage. One of the stars of the Left Bank in 2013.  (6/ 2014)

88-91 points Wine Spectator

 Offers plum pit, cherry and loganberry notes, with some singed spice details in the background. Presents a taut, iron-tinged finish.  (4/ 2014)

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By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/14/2014  | Send Email
Striking aromas of strong Cabernet Sauvignon (82%) jump out of the glass followed by dark, bold, powerful fruit. This wine is classic claret: firm, honest and perfectly balanced. No question, it is one of the top wines of the vintage and one of the best cellar candidates. *½

By: Trey Beffa |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/14/2014  | Send Email
Composed of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot, the 2013 is an open-knit, dark and lush wine that coats the palate with fruit and flavors of mocha and black currants. Tannins are integrated and ripe but still firm. It's a tad strong, but really a solid effort, bordering on the exotic. 91-93 points.

By: Alex Pross |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/14/2014  | Send Email
*** Dark cherry liqueur and tobacco aromas are followed by lots of berry fruit concentration on the palate with savory herb notes and noticeable tannins.

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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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Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Pauillac

- Pauillac is probably the most famous village in Bordeaux. Located between St. Julien and St. Estephe, it has more of the top ranked chateau than the other four appellations of the Haut Medoc. This area has three of the five premier cru classe wineries: Lafite Rothschild, Latour, and Mouton Rothschild. There are two of the top second-growths (Pichon Lalande and Pichon Baron) as well as several outstanding fourth and fifth-growth chateaux including Lynch Bages. Because of the gravely soils and great drainage, Pauillac has the ideal conditions to grow great Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines from this village are some of the longest-lived in Bordeaux.