2014 Pibran, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)
Very floral and vivid on the nose with lovely ripe Cabernet character that showcases currants and berries. Full body, tight and silky tannins and a juicy finish. Love the balance and beauty.
Barrel Sample. Blackberry notes linger over a ripe, smooth texture from fine tannins. This wine is full-bodied, yet balanced by ample acidity. (RV)
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)
The 2014 Pibran is soft, pleasant and quite pretty. Sweet tobacco, earthy notes, smoke, iron and cedar add attractive savory underpinnings. Bright and a bit tightly wound, the Pibran could use a bit more time in bottle for the tannins to soften. The 2014 Pibran is a bit unusual in that the blend is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot rather than the more typical 50/50. (AG)
This has a lovely, pure ball of cassis and cherry preserves, flecked with light iron and anise notes. Shows a touch of heft, but delivers more up-front appeal, as the structure is polished and fully absorbed. (JM)