Les Griffons de Pichon Baron Pauillac 2016
Les Griffons de Pichon Baron is this famous estate's latest addition, made to have a true purity of fruit
Les Griffons de Pichon Baron offers a dark and intense colour. The nose is fresh, complex and fruity, with particularly pronounced blackberry and blackcurrant aromas, and a subtle, delicate woody character revealing caramel hints. The sensation on the palate is consistent, fleshy and full bodied, with firm, well-structured, powerful tannins. The finish is elegant and precise. Drinking now but will also age very well for up to 20 years.
The two Pichon Chateaux stand guard at the entrance to Pauillac from St Julien and are two of the most iconic buildings of the Medoc and create two of the most iconic wines. Until recently, Madame de Lencquesaing along with her nephew, Gildas d’Ollone ran this estate with great success. The estate’s vineyards, bordering those of Chateau Latour at the south of the commune have produced many outstanding wines; this is classic Pauillac terroir ideally suited to producing great Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2007, Madame de Lencquesaing sold to Monsieur Rouzaud of the Champagne House, Louis Roederer. The appointment of Nicolas Glumineau, formally of another high flying second growth, Chateau Montrose has really transformed the fortunes of this superb estate. Nicolas has a Midas touch – he has managed to retain all the feminine charms of the Comtesse vineyard, but has added a polish and poise to the wines that is very impressive.
There are currently 89 hectares under vine, 11 of which are in St Julien. The dominant varietal is unsurprisingly Cabernet Sauvignon (45%), but there is a slightly unusual 35% of Merlot planted in this region where Cabernet is king. This is a legacy of the previous owners, the Miailhe brothers. Replanting programs are addressing this balance and over time we will see more Cabernet in both wines.