2013 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Offers plum pit, cherry and loganberry notes, with some singed spice details in the background. Presents a taut, iron-tinged finish.