Les Griffons de Pichon Baron Pauillac 2014

Les Griffons de Pichon Baron is this famous estate's latest addition, made to have a true purity of fruit

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.

Les Griffons de Pichon Baron Pauillac 2014
Les Griffons de Pichon Baron Pauillac 2014
"Grippy fruit, good florality and length, purity and freshness. More approachable than the grand vin but a similar profile." - 90pts, Steven Spurrier, Decanter Magazine
91pts - Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
Tasting Notes

Les Griffons de Pichon Baron 2014 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.

At A Glance
Country Of Origin France
Region Bordeaux
Sub Region Pauillac
Grape Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Vintage 2014
Producer Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse De Lalande
ABV 13.5%
Style Full-Bodied
Volume 75cl
Closure Cork
Serving Suggestion Serve Room Temperature
Food Pairing Beef, Cheese, Game
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