Pichon Baron 2012

RegionBordeaux
SubregionPauillac
ColourRed
TypeStill


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Tasting Notes

As for the big sibling, the 2012 Pichon Baron (80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot) probably has the most saturated purple color of the Pauillacs. Its structure is apparent, and the wine offers a wealth of blackcurrant fruit interwoven with licorice, graphite, and background toasty oak. Full-bodied, opulent and moderately tannic, this wine is approachable now because of its low acidity, but promises to age beautifully for 20+ years. This is another great classic from Pichon Baron. Drink: 2015-2035.

Score: 93Robert Parker, RobertParker.com (218), April 2015

A strong effort from this Pauillac chateau, most of the old vine Cabernet Sauvignon from their parcels near Latour made it into the 2012 Pichon Longueville Baron's final blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot. A dense purple color is accompanied by an attractive bouquet of incense, cassis, cedar and toasty oak. It is medium to full-bodied as well as bigger, richer and brawnier than most Medoc 2012s. Noticeable tannin in the finish suggests 3-4 years of cellaring is warranted. Drink it over the following two decades.

Score: 90/93Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (206), April 2013

Tasted en primeur at the château. A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot picked between 1st and 17th October, the old vines picked form 8th October. It has a strict, quite conservative bouquet that is very focused: sous-bois, graphite and just a touch of mint. The palate is medium-bodied with a grainy entry. There is a good edginess here lent by the citric acidity with a very composed, harmonious finish that lingers nicely in the mouth. Very fine - but much more classic in style than recent vintages - in fact, more like Latour! Tasted April 2013.

Score: 92/94Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2013

A pretty core of ripe-berry, currant and mineral character to this red with a full body, silky tannins and a fresh finish to add. Creamy texture. Better in 2017.

Score: 94James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2015

This wine builds on the palate with pretty currants and berries. Full body, with a tender core of fruit and a tannins structure that builds on the palate. It is precise and fresh. Creamy fruit and ripe tannins.

Score: 92/93James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2013

The 2012 Pichon-Longueville Baron is wonderfully aromatic and textured in the glass. Scents of smoke, pipe tobacco and cedar meld into a core of intense dark fruit. Pliant and supple, but with considerable underlying structure, the 2012 is likely to drink well for the next two to three decades, perhaps longer, but it is also going to need at least a few years in bottle for the tannins to soften. Drink 2020-2037.

Score: 94Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2016

20% Merlot, mostly Cabernet Sauvignon. 15-80 years old. Bright dark crimson. Glows with health. Great vigour on the nose. Amazing sweetness on the front palate. Thick and rich. Cool and fresh. This wine goes to the gym. A little hard on the finish. Needs lots of time but twinkles with health. Lots of energy. Just a tad dry and demanding on the finish. Subtle and (very) dry on the end.

Score: 17Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2013

This great vineyard has been producing classic Pauillac since the late 1980's when Jean-Michel Cazes of Lynch Bages took control. For the last ten years Englishman Christian Seely has been in charge and quality continues to rise. Latour-like in style, Pichon Baron has been a star performer in all our recent blind vintage tastings. 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot aged in 80% new oak. This is a strappig black wine that is tightly structured and rather austere. Lean, tannic and very serious, at the moment there doesn't seem to be enough flesh on the bones. However, maybe it just needs time to knit together.

Score: 16+Farr Vintners, March 2013

The nose is quite fresh with a mix of red and black fruits but the palate is more serious firm black cherry and sloe underpinned by cassis. There are layers of flavour with a fleshy sweetness towards the back but the flavours on the finish are quite fresh giving a lighter more elegant feel. 2020-35

Score: 90/93Derek Smedley MW, May 2013

Christian Seely says he feels "quite positive about this vintage" and he's surely right to do
so in the case of his grand vin. It's a stylish, classy, Cabernet-based blend, with plenty of
tannin, notes of cinnamon spice and green pepper and very pure cassis flavours. The oak is
deftly handled here.
Drink: 2020-32

Score: 93Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2013

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