The 2015 Pichon-Longueville Baron was a superlative wine from barrel and I have no reason to change that view now that it is in bottle. It possesses an extraordinarily pure but intense bouquet with blackberry, bilberry, crushed stone and graphite that seem to gain intensity with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with svelte tannin, great depth and cohesion, gently gripping the mouth although not as tannic or as masculine as I was anticipating, exhibiting great finesse on the finish. This is certainly within first growth quality. Anticipated maturity: 2022 - 2050.
|Score: 97||Neal Martin, -, March 2018|
Reminding me of the 1990, the 2015 Château Pichon Baron is a sensational bottle of wine made from 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot that spent 18 months in 80% new French oak. Boasting a deep purple color as well as awesome notes of black raspberries, toasted spices, cassis, lead pencil shavings, tobacco leaf and building minerality, this full-bodied, concentrated 2015 has sweet tannin, a great texture, and a big, big finish. Pauillac all the way, with both opulence and finesse, forget bottles of 4-5 years and enjoy anytime over the following two to three decades. This is a match for the 2009, 2000, and 1990. Drink 2022 - 2052.
|Score: 98||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017|
Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Pichon-Longueville Baron is enticingly scented of chocolate-covered cherries, crushed red currants and mulberries with touches of baking spices, potpourri and bay leaves plus a hint of fallen leaves. Sumptuously elegant, refreshing and medium-bodied with gorgeous, expressive, perfumed red fruits and very fine, very firm tannins, it has a persistent, perfumed finish. Its remarkable intensity, freshness and very firm frame suggest a long-lived Pichon Baron, which should cellar gracefully for 30+ years. Drink 2023 - 2048.
|Score: 97||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim Fe), February 2018|
A dramatic, sweeping wine, the Pichon-Longueville Baron is even better from bottle than it was from barrel. The 2015 is dense, plush and totally voluptuous as it sweeps across the palate to make its presence known. Nuanced and poised, with seemingly endless layers of nuance, the 2015 is super-impressive. A melange of dark red/purplish fruit, lavender, mint, spice and rose petal builds as this towering, dramatic Pauillac shows off its allure. In 2015, Pichon Baron is endowed with spectacular balance and class. This is quite simply a brilliant showing from the 2015. Drink 2023 - 2045.
|Score: 97||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2018|
The 2015 Pichon-Baron has an engaging, complex bouquet of blackberry, cedar, mint and graphite, demonstrating more cohesion and more conviction than its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and extremely well-judged acidity that imbues this Pauillac with a sense of effortlessness and class lacking in some of its peers. A stunning 2015 and one of the greatest releases from the estate. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.
|Score: 97||Neal Martin, vinous.com, July 2019|
The 2015 Pichon Baron is a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon and 23% Merlot picked between 18 September until 9 October. Apparently Christian Seely made use of four additional 80-hectolitre wooden vats that augmented his stainless steel vessels. It has a very pure bouquet with lifted blackcurrant, blueberry and graphite aromas, beautifully delineated, the oak seamlessly embroidered with the fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin. This is disarmingly and utterly harmonious with a startling mineral core. Possibly the most sensual Pichon Baron that I have tasted at this nascent juncture, it gently unfolds in the mouth and leaves with an enormously persistent finish that leaves the senses tingling. If you want to know whether this 2015 is up there with the 2009 or 2010, the answer is unquestionably yes. Drink 2022-2050
|Score: 96/98||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016|
This is a muscular edition with attractive, deeply ripe blackberries and plums set amid firm and assertively linear tannins that hold the finish long and on point. Cool-fruited finish. There’s great potential here. Try this from 2023.
|Score: 95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2018|
Very solid and muscular Pichon Baron with ripe and velvety tannins. Full and very rich with balance of ripe fruit that deliver blackberry, walnut and spice. Warm and ripe yet finishes cool and sassy.
|Score: 96/97||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016|
A wine of total seduction, the 2015 Pichon-Longueville Baron possesses exceptional richness, power and intensity, all in the suave, inviting style of the year. Silky, voluptuous and creamy, the 2015 is totally spherical on the palate. This is an undeniably charming Pichon-Baron that should drink beautifully for several decades. Hints of lavender, mint, violet and crème de cassis add the closing shades of nuance in this seamless, racy Pauillac.
|Score: 93/96||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2016|
Tasted blind. Lustrous crimson. Polished and sophisticated nose. Thick and sweet. Burly, impressive stuff with lots of intensity. Dry finish for the moment. Falls away a little suddenly. Great energy. Good wine but not the best vintage of Pichon Baron.
|Score: 17.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2019|
Notably darker than most other 2015s shown at this London Union des Grands Crus tasting. First-growth intensity on the nose. Very sweet – maybe not quite the freshness of some vintages – but definitely first growth in terms of build. Great stuff! Pure pleasure. The first wine I was tempted to drink.
|Score: 18+||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, November 2017|
Dark crimson. Much less immediately attractive on the nose than Pichon Lalande. But with real tension and follow through on the palate. Very Pauillac indeed! Muscular.
|Score: 17.5+||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016|
This great 73 hectare vineyard has been producing classic Pauillac since the late 1980's when Jean-Michel Cazes of Lynch Bages took control. In recent years Englishman Christian Seely has been in charge and quality continues to rise. The vineyard is planted with 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The grand vin is now made only from fruit produced in the original vineyard that is opposite Latour and next to Lascases. Latour-like in style, Pichon Baron has been a star performer in all our recent blind vintage tastings. Two second labels are now produced - Les Griffons (from the younger vines) and Les Tourelles de Longueville (from a specific parcel of mostly Merlot vines). The 2015 Pichon Baron is a strongly Cabernet Sauvignon wine - 77% of the blend - and represents around 43% of the vineyard's total production. Deep purple colour with a brooding nose of intense black fruit and sweet crème de cassis, offset with high tones of cedar and pencil shavings. The palate is rich and dense, a deep core of black fruit offset by firm tannins and savoury tobacco and leather notes. This is precise and pure with classic Pichon Baron muscle and power. An impressive, ageworthy wine.
|Score: 17.5||Farr Vintners, March 2016|
Brooding richness the nose has depth the start of the palate a mix of powerful black fruits. Behind the firmness at the start ripe fruit gives richness the mid palate has flesh suppleness velvet smoothness. Bilberry adds brightness a balance of flavours with the rich fruit giving depth on the finish.
|Score: 94/96||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016|
One of the best young Pichon-Barons I’ve ever tasted, this is a superb wine that will be worth
cellaring as one of the Left Bank reds of the vintage. Serious, compact and concentrated, with
sinewy tannins, dense, focused damson, blackcurrant and blueberry fruit, a whiff of tobacco
leaf and liquorice and tangy acidity. Drink: 2025-35
|Score: 96||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016|
There is rare sexiness on the nose here with open, rich, slightly exotic fruit leading the way and this pulls you into the
glass. The palate backs this up with stunning cadence and drive and the length is staggering. The density of flavour
comes with beautiful freshness and the tannins swoop in and smother the palate at the end with glorious drama and
|Score: 18.5+||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016|