July 7, 2020
Debut: Value from the Overachieving Super Second. This is Why You Buy En Primeur! The Great Modern-Day Vintages from Château Pichon-Longueville Baron and More.
“…the best evidence that Pauillac once again has two great Pichons are the wines that have been produced at Pichon –Baron since 1986. This Château has proven to be one of the great superstars. This is routinely one of the Medoc’s most majestic wines.” - Robert Parker
“[2019 Pichon Baron] about as Pauillac as you can get… a brilliant, brilliant wine that's in the same class as the 1990, 2000, 2005, 2009, and 2010." – Jeb Dunnuck
As you know by now, the 2019 vintage in Bordeaux is shaping up to surpass the vaunted years of 2015 and 2018 as the finest vintage since 2016 and 2010, but, like the 2010, there is a touch more restraint than the even riper 2015s and 2009s. We can tell you firsthand that wines are selling out (Vieux Château Certan, Pichon Lalande, Margaux, Lynch Bages, Ducru Beaucaillou, and Pontet Canet) and pricing is increasing rapidly from 2019 En Primeur. IWM went back to Bordeaux to restock, and the pricing on select wines is quickly climbing 20% due to demand and availability. This is especially true of the wines of Pauillac and many of the Super Seconds of Bordeaux.
While we have lamented about the recent brilliance of Pichon-Lalande as the elegant Pauillac “must buy” it is the more masculine neighbor Château Pichon-Baron that typically sells out quickest. It is not surprising, it is a huge crowd pleaser, displaying more density and concentration. We have an incredible soft spot for the symbolic Super Second, with its old vines on the plateau overlooking the neighboring Château Latour has been on a streak since the late eighties, reaching new heights with the new millennium under the superb guidance of Christian Seely, and has firmly reestablished itself as producing some of the Medoc’s greatest wines. These are simply wines that combine Pauillac’s power with richness and balance and are simply responsible for many of us appreciating the great wines of Bordeaux.
Robert Parker has stated, “One of the finest values in top-class Bordeaux has been the Pichon-Longueville-Baron.” This is among Bordeaux’s most treasured terroirs on the Pauillac and Saint-Julien border, and what we appreciate about this quote is the focus on “relative collector” value. These muscular, but balanced wines scream Bordeaux and they are delivered at a fraction of the price of its prestigious neighbors. Today, we are sharing wines from the monumental vintages of 2019 and 2016, as well as the sleeper from 2015, for what is easily among Bordeaux’s greatest clarets, and more importantly, among the Medoc’s great values.
While the 2016 commands $200+, the equally compelling 2019 is now available at $139.99. And like the 2019 Pichon Comtesse Lalande, we anticipate this wine selling out quickly. This is why you buy en primeur. Enjoy these Second Growth or Super Second favorites.
Featured Wine(s): Debut from Pichon Longueville Baron (Click to Order)
Note on 2019 Bordeaux: More sizes 1.5L, 3.0L, 6.0L available on request. Please note, for 2019 En Primeur selections, the wines will arrive by the end of 2022. As such, should tariffs exist at the time, the purchaser of the wines will be responsible for these additional tariffs at the time of importation. All wines subject to confirmation.
Additional Notes and Reviews:
2019 PICHON-LONGUEVILLE BARON
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “Tasted from barrel. This is one of the wines of the vintage - a WOW factor wine that is silky, dense, big boy Pauillac. This sample packs in the ripeness and all the calling cards of the 2019 vintage with its creamy, almost glycerin like texture. All the signature notes that define Pichon Baron are here, dark fruit, blackberries, blueberries, crème de cassis, licorice, crushed flowers, graphite, cedar, and tobacco. Yes, it is masculine and opulent, but it is also has freshness and acidity. The well-integrated tannins make this classic Pauillac very desirable and approachable today. Like the 2016 and underrated 2015, this is another MUST-BUY.”
97-100 Points Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2019 Pichon-Longueville Baron is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Merlot, harvested from the 18th of September to the 11th of October. It is being aged in French oak barrels, 80% new, for 18 months. This grand vin represents 49% of the harvest. Very deep purple-black in color, the nose skyrockets from the glass with vibrant scents of freshly crushed blackberries, black raspberries and blackcurrant pastilles followed by perfumed sparks of fragrant earth, clove oil, lilacs, crushed rocks, molten chocolate and cinnamon toast. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with layer upon layer of black fruit, mineral and exotic spices, framed by beautifully ripe, finely-grained tannins and tons of freshness, finishing with a lingering soft-spoken whisper of floral and earth notions. This is an absolutely beguiling expression that is classic Pauillac and yet it is Pauillac like no other." (6/20)
2016 PICHON-LONGUEVILLE BARON
97 Points, Jeb Dunnuck: “The 2016 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron is beauty and is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot that was brought up in 80% new French oak. Tasting like a hypothetical mix of the 2009 and 2010, its deep purple color is followed by a powerful yet sensationally pure bouquet of crème de cassis, blackberries, lead pencil shavings, and graphite, and is just about as quintessentially Pauillac as it gets. Full-bodied, fleshy and even a touch flamboyant, it has sweet tannins and a monster texture that coats the palate. Count me in as a huge fan. This fabulous wine will be relatively approachable in just 3-5 years but will age for 30 years or more.” (2/2019)
96 Points, Neal Martin, Vinous: "The 2016 Pichon-Longueville Baron electrifies the olfactory sense with a stunning bouquet of intense blackberry, cedar and graphite aromas that are quintessential Pauillac. Over a few minutes, it blossoms in the glass, gaining more and more depth. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly tarry black fruit, cedar and truffle, dovetailing into a saline, peppery finish that leaves the tongue tingling. Christian Seely and his team have imbued recent vintages of this Pauillac with unerring symmetry, and the 2016 can be added to the canon of triumphs." (1/2019)
2015 PICHON-LONGUEVILLE BARON
97 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: “Even better from bottle than it was from barrel. The 2015 is dense, plush and totally voluptuous as it sweeps across the palate to make its presence known. Nuanced and poised, with seemingly endless layers of nuance, the 2015 is super-impressive. A melange of dark red/purplish fruit, lavender, mint, spice and rose petal builds as this towering, dramatic Pauillac shows off its allure. In 2015, Pichon Baron is endowed with spectacular balance and class. This is quite simply a brilliant showing from the 2015.”
98 Points, Jeb Dunnuck: “Reminding me of the 1990, the 2015 Château Pichon Baron is a sensational bottle of wine made from 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot that spent 18 months in 80% new French oak. Boasting a deep purple color as well as awesome notes of black raspberries, toasted spices, cassis, lead pencil shavings, tobacco leaf and building minerality, this full-bodied, concentrated 2015 has sweet tannin, a great texture, and a big, big finish. Pauillac all the way, with both opulence and finesse, forget bottles of 4-5 years and enjoy anytime over the following two to three decades. This is a match for the 2009, 2000, and 1990.”
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