2020 Chateau Pichon Baron

Red Bordeaux Blend

France / Bordeaux / Medoc / Pauillac

$190
JD 98
RP 97
V 98
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2eme Grand Cru Classé

2020 Chateau Pichon-Longueville au Baron de Pichon-Longueville, Pauillac, France

Winery Tasting Notes

Our Grand Vin Château Pichon Baron 2nd Cru Classé in 1855 comes from the very oldest vines grown on the historic plots of the estate. This authentic Pauillac offers an amazing sensory experience with its black fruit flavours and spicy hints. Château Pichon Baron shows great elegance, intensity and exceptional length on the palate. It is a wine that improves year after year and can age for over 40 years in the cellar.

TASTING NOTE
Château Pichon Baron 2020 reveals a very beautiful, intense garnet colour. The fresh, precise and complex nose offers aromas of ripe red fruit, spices, cedar and pencil lead. The attack is ample with a powerful, creamy and elegant palate. The tannins are silky and racy. The finish is long, fruit-driven and peppery.

Pierre Montégut - Technical Director - September 2022

Bottling date: June 13th 2022

VINTAGE CONDITIONS

2020 began with a historically rainy winter followed by a tropical spring. Vigilance was required in soil management and protecting the vines against mildew. Warm, dry weather then led to one of the earliest flowerings on record, two weeks ahead of the norm. The first flowers were observed between 9th and 10th May and flowering took place between 15th and 25th May. Rainfall stopped at the end of June, giving way to cool, dry weather until the onset of ripening in mid-July. Mid-veraison was reached between 23rd and 25th July on the earliest ripening Merlot plots and subsequently developed well in warm and dry conditions. Summer brought drought and sporadic heat waves until midAugust, when thunderstorms cooled down excessive temperatures and caused the Merlot grapes to swell. The later-ripening Cabernets remained small until the harvest. Picking started about ten days ahead of the norm, mostly in sunshine for the Merlots and thundery showers for the Cabernets. The Merlots and Cabernets were tannic and colourful, with acidities and potential alcohol content within normal ranges. Ripening took place in hot weather, apart from the second half of August. Thunderstorms of varying intensity, with between 80 and 120 mm of rain, struck Pauillac between 12th and 16th August, in most cases counteracting the water stress observed in early August. The Merlots once again benefited from the rainfall, with the grapes growing swiftly, unlike the Cabernets. The harvest took place from 14th to 22nd September for the Merlot and from 22nd to 30th September for the Cabernet-Sauvignon.

BLEND
76% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 24% Merlot

AGEING
70% in new barrels, 30% from barrels of one vintage for 18 months

JD 98

Jeb Dunnuck

Rating (96- 98) The inky hued 2020 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron checks in as a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot that spent 18 months in 70% new barrels. It's a dense, rich, powerful 2020 offering loads of pure cassis and almost blue fruits as well as full-bodied richness, a round, lush, incredibly sexy texture, sweet tannins, and ample classic Pauillac lead pencil, tobacco, and violet aromas and flavors. It's unquestionably in the same ballpark as the 2015, 2016, and 2018, and given its sweet tannins and beautifully integrated acidity, it should have some up-front appeal as well, yet still age at a glacier pace. Reviewed by: Jeb Dunnuck, Issue date: May 2021. Drinking window: Unavailable.
RP 97

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

Rating (95 - 97)+ The 2020 Pichon-Longueville Baron is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot aging for an estimated 18 months in French oak barrels, 70% new. The production of the grand vin represents 48% of the harvest this year. Opaque purple-black in color, it comes bounding out of the glass with exuberant notions of blackberry pie, preserved plums and crème de cassis, plus suggestions of Chinese five spice, chocolate mint, graphite and cedar chest with a touch of violets. The medium-bodied palate is built like a brick house, featuring firm, ripe, grainy tannins and bold freshness to support the taut, muscular black fruits, finishing long and spicy. Reviewed by: Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Issue date: May 2021. Drinking window: 2027 - 2052.
V 98

Vinous

Rating (96 - 98) The 2020 Baron is utterly breathtaking, and also one of the very best young vintages I have tasted here. An exotic melange of red cherry, mint, rose petal and blood orange comes alive in a glass. More than anything, though, the Pichon-Baron possesses remarkable energy and vibrancy that builds to an intense, beautifully focused finish. This is hands down one of the most impressive wines of 2020. Superb. Reviewed by: Antonio Galloni, Issue date: May 2021. Drinking window: 2035 - 2055.

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  • CRITICAL REVIEWS
  • WINEMAKER NOTES
JD 98

Jeb Dunnuck

Rating (96- 98) The inky hued 2020 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron checks in as a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot that spent 18 months in 70% new barrels. It's a dense, rich, powerful 2020 offering loads of pure cassis and almost blue fruits as well as full-bodied richness, a round, lush, incredibly sexy texture, sweet tannins, and ample classic Pauillac lead pencil, tobacco, and violet aromas and flavors. It's unquestionably in the same ballpark as the 2015, 2016, and 2018, and given its sweet tannins and beautifully integrated acidity, it should have some up-front appeal as well, yet still age at a glacier pace. Reviewed by: Jeb Dunnuck, Issue date: May 2021. Drinking window: Unavailable.
RP 97

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

Rating (95 - 97)+ The 2020 Pichon-Longueville Baron is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot aging for an estimated 18 months in French oak barrels, 70% new. The production of the grand vin represents 48% of the harvest this year. Opaque purple-black in color, it comes bounding out of the glass with exuberant notions of blackberry pie, preserved plums and crème de cassis, plus suggestions of Chinese five spice, chocolate mint, graphite and cedar chest with a touch of violets. The medium-bodied palate is built like a brick house, featuring firm, ripe, grainy tannins and bold freshness to support the taut, muscular black fruits, finishing long and spicy. Reviewed by: Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Issue date: May 2021. Drinking window: 2027 - 2052.
V 98

Vinous

Rating (96 - 98) The 2020 Baron is utterly breathtaking, and also one of the very best young vintages I have tasted here. An exotic melange of red cherry, mint, rose petal and blood orange comes alive in a glass. More than anything, though, the Pichon-Baron possesses remarkable energy and vibrancy that builds to an intense, beautifully focused finish. This is hands down one of the most impressive wines of 2020. Superb. Reviewed by: Antonio Galloni, Issue date: May 2021. Drinking window: 2035 - 2055.

2020 Chateau Pichon-Longueville au Baron de Pichon-Longueville, Pauillac, France

Winery Tasting Notes

Our Grand Vin Château Pichon Baron 2nd Cru Classé in 1855 comes from the very oldest vines grown on the historic plots of the estate. This authentic Pauillac offers an amazing sensory experience with its black fruit flavours and spicy hints. Château Pichon Baron shows great elegance, intensity and exceptional length on the palate. It is a wine that improves year after year and can age for over 40 years in the cellar.

TASTING NOTE
Château Pichon Baron 2020 reveals a very beautiful, intense garnet colour. The fresh, precise and complex nose offers aromas of ripe red fruit, spices, cedar and pencil lead. The attack is ample with a powerful, creamy and elegant palate. The tannins are silky and racy. The finish is long, fruit-driven and peppery.

Pierre Montégut - Technical Director - September 2022

Bottling date: June 13th 2022

VINTAGE CONDITIONS

2020 began with a historically rainy winter followed by a tropical spring. Vigilance was required in soil management and protecting the vines against mildew. Warm, dry weather then led to one of the earliest flowerings on record, two weeks ahead of the norm. The first flowers were observed between 9th and 10th May and flowering took place between 15th and 25th May. Rainfall stopped at the end of June, giving way to cool, dry weather until the onset of ripening in mid-July. Mid-veraison was reached between 23rd and 25th July on the earliest ripening Merlot plots and subsequently developed well in warm and dry conditions. Summer brought drought and sporadic heat waves until midAugust, when thunderstorms cooled down excessive temperatures and caused the Merlot grapes to swell. The later-ripening Cabernets remained small until the harvest. Picking started about ten days ahead of the norm, mostly in sunshine for the Merlots and thundery showers for the Cabernets. The Merlots and Cabernets were tannic and colourful, with acidities and potential alcohol content within normal ranges. Ripening took place in hot weather, apart from the second half of August. Thunderstorms of varying intensity, with between 80 and 120 mm of rain, struck Pauillac between 12th and 16th August, in most cases counteracting the water stress observed in early August. The Merlots once again benefited from the rainfall, with the grapes growing swiftly, unlike the Cabernets. The harvest took place from 14th to 22nd September for the Merlot and from 22nd to 30th September for the Cabernet-Sauvignon.

BLEND
76% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 24% Merlot

AGEING
70% in new barrels, 30% from barrels of one vintage for 18 months

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