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June 13, 2017

Chateau Pichon Baron 2016

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Pichon Baron also made a magnificent wine in 2016, which Neal Martin has awarded 96-98 points and James Suckling 98-99 points. Martin says ‘This is a majestic Pichon-Baron and it may well to surpass both the 2009 or 2010.’ Sucking follows suit, ‘I have been waiting for this for a long time. It’s a remake of the legendary 1990 Pichon Baron. Full body, ultra-polished yet powerful tannins and a glorious finish. The will evolve beautifully. The core of fruit and tannins are great. A truly great Pichon Baron.’ The release price today is £1,350 per case of 12. This marks a 19% euro increase and a 36% pound increase. This leaves us torn, as it is therefore a 23% increase on the current trading price of the 2015. It is also exactly inline with the 97+ scoring 2010 and the 98 point scoring 2009, which trade today at £1,350 and £1,380 respectively. As such it is fully priced, but fairly priced, although leaving no head room for immediate upside. It is certainly a grand Pichon Baron.

Pichon Baron WA JS Price Release POP
2016 96-98 98-99 £1,350 £1,350 79
2015 96-98 96-97 £1,100 £995 65
2014 94 95 £865 £640 62
2013 89 94 £700 £595 78
2012 93 94 £770 £725 59
2011 91 92 £780 £750 71
2010 97+ 95 £1,350 £1,500 77
2009 98 97 £1,380 £995 77
2008 95 92 £970 £498 65
2007 90-92 N/A £935 £495 85
2006 91 N/A £920 £520 84
2005 93 N/A £1,150 £720 88

 

Chateau Pichon Baron 2016, 12×75 – £1,350 EP

96-98 Points, Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
The 2016 Pichon-Longueville Baron is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot picked between 3 and 18 October at 39 hectoliters per hectare for estate (therefore the Grand Vin will be less). It is matured in 80% new oak and 20% one year old for 18 months. It has a very intense, extremely pure bouquet with blackberry, bilberry, cedar and graphite notes; it is a straight-down-the-fairway Pauillac. The palate is medium-bodied with a very tensile opening, that seam of graphite penetrating the black fruit. There is a wonderful structure here, unapologetically classic in style with just the right amount of austerity on the aristocratic finish. The aftertaste is incredibly long, lingering after two or three minutes in the mouth. This is a majestic Pichon-Baron and it may well to surpass both the 2009 or 2010

98-99 Points, James Suckling
I have been waiting for this for a long time. It’s a remake of the legendary 1990 Pichon Baron. Full body, ultra-polished yet powerful tannins and a glorious finish. The will evolve beautifully. The core of fruit and tannins are great. A truly great Pichon Baron.

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