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2018 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1420542 100 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This great estate in southern Pauillac, facing the Latour vineyard, is at the top of its game. In this release, the tannins are as impressive and dense as the black fruits. Together they form a harmonious ensemble, richly structured, concentrated from the many old vines in the blend, and very ageworthy. Drink from 2027. *Cellar Selection* (RV) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

97-98 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Deep and dark young wine that takes you down, deep down to its center palate of blackberries and blueberries, firm and very silky tannins and a vivid finish. Wonderful palate and depth in this with such class and finesse. So many layers of polished, fine tannins. Great wine. Inner quote mark (4/2019)

97 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Straight from the nose you feel the wave of power with the wine uncurling through the palate, starting with tight notes of cassis then gently softening into sweeter brambled hedgerow fruits alongside a ton of ink and pencil lead. The tannins are present but seductive, and as is often the case this year, they're concentrated without being remote. It’s less monolithic than the 2010 with some of the seduction of 2009 at this property but with higher levels of extraction. The harvest took place between 24 September and 11 October. Again, we see here a Pauillac with the highest alcohol ever but it carries it extremely well. There was one week less of maceration than normal, so 21 days instead of 28, which will have helped control extractions. 86IPT. (JA) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark A beautiful, majestic Pauillac that reminds me a little of the 2000, the 2018 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron checks in as 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot that was brought up in 80% new French oak. It shows the estate's more pure Cabernet, focused, elegant style yet offers full-bodied richness and serious depth of fruit as well as awesome notes of crème de cassis, graphite, lead pencil shavings, tobacco, and wet stone-like minerality. With building tannins, a fresh, focused texture, and a great finish, it's not for those looking for instant gratification, and I suspect it will need a solid decade or more of cellaring, but it will evolve for 50 years or more. It's a profound 2018. 97+ Inner quote mark (3/2021)

97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Suave and sophisticated, the 2018 Pichon Baron is a real head-turner. Silky, polished tannins wrap around a core of inky dark red/purplish berry fruit. More than anything else, the 2018 impresses for its exceptional balance. All the elements are so impeccably balanced. That will make the 2018 easy to drink relatively early, although my preference would be to leave it in the cellar for the better part of the next decade. Rose petal, spice, blood orange and mint add brightness and perfume on the long, finely-knit finish. (AG) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

97 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A very polished and pure expression of Pauillac, but don't go to sleep on it. As charming and vibrant as the cassis, cherry preserve and blackberry paste flavors are, they have a latent saturated feel. And then there's a serious network of iron girders supporting it all, along with sweet tobacco, floral and worn cedar accents. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Pichon-Longueville Baron is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot, aged for 18 months in barriques, 80% new and 20% one year old. Production of the grand vin represents 50% of the harvest this year. Deep garnet-purple colored, the nose bursts from the glass with flamboyant scents of stewed black plums, crème de cassis and Black Forest cake, plus suggestions of Indian spices, unsmoked cigars, pencil shavings and espresso. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers impactful black fruit preserves and exotic spice layers, framed by plush tannins and a lively backbone, finishing long and spicy. (LPB) 96+ Inner quote mark (3/2021)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Colour of elderberry juice. Intensely pure Cabernet nose, so intense it is quite introvert, especially compared with the Tourelles, but there is just a hint of fresh and creamy blackcurrant. A dry beauty on the palate. Not a great deal of acidity but finishes clean and fresh with these slub-silk tannins. There's texture and depth but it's still silky. Freshness of fruit compensating for moderate acidity. 18/20 points. (JH) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

K&L Notes

94 points Neal Martin in Vinous: "The 2018 Pichon-Baron is matured for 18 months in 80% new oak. It has retained its quite extroverted, almost audacious bouquet featuring copious scents of blackberry, blueberry and mint, though I might contend that it still needs to show more Pichon Baron DNA. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannins and firm grip, quite assertive and perhaps more austere than I expected in the mouth. Plenty of graphite here, much more than in barrel, and a foursquare finish. This 2018 Pichon-Baron will require 5–8 years in bottle because it is one of the more tannic Pauillacs of the vintage, but could also be one of the most rewarding for those with patience and a cool, damp cellar." (03/2021)


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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/22/2021 | Send Email
This is an incredible wine. The warmth of the vintage is evident with powerful dark cherry and blackberry fruit, yet there’s plenty of delicate pencil-lead mineral tones and licorice. The fruit is balanced and restrained through the palate, then on the finish it soars, leaving you to contemplate the array of flavors you just tasted for over a minute.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/16/2021 | Send Email
Big, primary black fruit nose and a big rich palate impression made me think that I could have mistaken this blind for a Monte Bello, but the clean gravel and pencil lead minerality of Pauillac underneath make this inimitably Bordeaux. This is a hedonistic style for sure, but still has the freshness to dance with food in the future.

By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/6/2019 | Send Email
Very tight and concentrated with an almost a chewy texture, this wine shows flavors of black licorice combined with red cherry and berry fruit. Lots of tannin and structure. Another wine for the cellar 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot

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