2014 Pibran, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)
A young red with lovely density, juicy fruits and muscular tannins. 70% Merlot due to hail. Shows richness.
Crushed flowers, sweet red cherries, mint and a touch of white pepper are some of the notes that emerge from this distinctly aromatic Pauillac. The 2014 fleshes out nicely in the glass, with pliant red-toned fruit, silky tannins and lovely overall balance, all in a delicate, mid-weight style that should offer good early and medium-term drinking. (AG)
Barrel Sample. Blackberry notes linger over a ripe, smooth texture from fine tannins. This wine is full-bodied, yet balanced by ample acidity. (RV)
Good bramble, cassis bush, cherry and currant notes are mixed here, with a light cedar backdrop on the finish. (JM, Web-2015)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Château Pibran 2014 has a lower level of Cabernet Sauvignon (just 30%) because of hail on July 25, which cost them around 40% of the crop. They suffered a kind of rot known as 'cloitre.' There was also a late green harvest on the Merlot to reduce the weight of the berries. It has a slightly foursquare bouquet with tobacco notes developing with aeration. The palate is crisp and lively with a citrus-like freshness. This is a pretty Pibran with shorter finish than recent vintages, perhaps due to the hail, but it is still focused and offers more breeding than many give it credit for. (NM)