2014 Pibran, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1205621 90-91 points James Suckling

 A young red with lovely density, juicy fruits and muscular tannins. 70% Merlot due to hail. Shows richness.  (3/2015)

89-91 points Vinous

 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)  (4/2015)

89-91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. Blackberry notes linger over a ripe, smooth texture from fine tannins. This wine is full-bodied, yet balanced by ample acidity. (RV)  (4/2015)

88-91 points Wine Spectator

 Good bramble, cassis bush, cherry and currant notes are mixed here, with a light cedar backdrop on the finish. (JM, Web-2015)

88-90 points 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)  (4/2015)

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By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/11/2015 | Send Email
Made with a higher amount of Merlot than usual, the Pibran has an enticing lifted nose of plums and blue fruit. On the palate, roasted coffee, medium tannins and plums. Although it does have a nicely framed structure, it is an easy wine to please.

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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 M├ędoc 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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- 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.