2013 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)
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.
Barrel Sample. This wine has notes of sweet black currants livened by moderate acidity. It is soft and fresh, giving a balanced weight without too much tannic power.
Shows a juicy edge, with plum, black currant and cherry notes mixed together. A hint of charcoal adds range and texture on the finish. Reveals an elegant feel overall, accented by a distinct echo of savory.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright red-ruby. Perfumed blackcurrant, raspberry, gunflint and minerals on the precise nose. Juicy, pure and minerally, with a floral flavor and some oaky torrefaction notes nicely complementing the red berry and mineral flavors. Not hugely sweet or fleshy, but quite finely delineated and long and pure on the finish. This is the first ever Pichon Lalande to be 100% cabernet sauvignon, as the merlot was judged not good enough to use in 2013.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Blackcurrant, herbs, lovely tannic softness. Not a hint of bitterness. Weightless, yet substantial. Excellent, lively, entrancing wine. 18/20 points. Drink 2020 to 2033