Over the past fifteen years the out and out quality in Bordeaux has been outstanding. In Pauillac the first growths - Mouton, Lafite and Latour - have been making wines of breath-taking quality and the chasing pack – Lynch Bages, Grand Puy Lacoste and the two Pichons - have been running them very close indeed. In vintages like 2009, 2010 or 2016, it is very tight at the top.
In 2010 Pichon Baron made a wine that can easily mix it with the first growths. Robert Parker described the wine as “sensational”; Neal Martin describes it as "brilliant" and “simply one of the greatest wines produced under Christian Seely's tenure”. Jeb Dunnuck writes that it is "Borderline perfection in a bottle" and suggests that you "hide bottles for another 4-5 years, count yourself lucky, and enjoy bottles over the following 2-3 decades."
At £1,700 per case in bond, it comes in at a fifth of the price of Lafite, just over a quarter of the price of Mouton and for the price of one case of 2010 Latour, you can have seven cases of Pichon Baron and a little change.
With all this in mind, this looks like an increasingly attractive and smart buy. This is an outstanding wine and a relative bargain to boot.
Our stock of this wine was released by the château in 2020, and will be shipped to the UK early next year.