2016 Les Griffons de Pichon Baron

Les Griffons de Pichon Baron

91Average Score
Red
2021-2050
12x75cl
-
0 Immediate | 419 Marketplace
£367.00
6x75cl
-
0 Immediate | 520 Marketplace
£185.00
6xMags
-
0 Immediate | 21 Marketplace
£367.00
Bts
-
0 Immediate | 6 Marketplace
£34.00
Scores & Notes
Average Score
91
Drinking window
2021-2050
Critic Notes

The 2016 Les Griffons de Pichon Baron is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 48% Merlot matured in 60% new oak. The harvest was between 26 September and 18 October, and it represents 30% of the total yield. It has a very pure and detailed bouquet with blackberry, briary, cold stone and graphite aromas. This seems to meliorate in glass. The palate is very well balanced with fine tannin, a Griffons that is nimble and agile, the finish very precise with an almost clinical graphite-tinged finish. This is superb. Apr 2017, www.robertparker.com, Drink: 2021-2050

Score: 93-95/100Neal MartinDrinking Window: 2021-2050

This is a very strong and linear red with blackcurrants, blueberries and minerals. Some mint, too. Full-bodied, tight and polished. Very long. Mar 2017, www.jamessuckling.com

Score: 92-93/100James Suckling

52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 48% Merlot. 60% new oak. Production is 30% of Pichon Baron production. Meant for ageing. Glossy, dark crimson – very dense. Rich and racy and much more subtlety than the Tourelles. Inky finish. Good energy. Apr 2017, www.jancisrobinson.com, Drink: 2026-2040

Score: 17-/20Jancis RobinsonDrinking Window: 2026-2040

One of the highlights of this tasting, the 2016 Les Griffons de Pichon Baron opens with exquisite Cabernet Sauvignon aromatics. Deep and flavorful, but also light on its feet and translucent, the Griffons hits all the right notes. Readers looking to sample the 2016 vintage before dipping into the very best wines of the year will find considerable pleasure here. The 2016 is a superb Griffons, perhaps the best since the wine was introduced in 2012. Shades of lavender, rose petal, grilled herbs and succulent black cherry add the closing nuances. The 2016 is a compellingly delicious wine. Don't miss it. Apr 2017, www.vinous.com

Score: 90-92/100Antonio Galloni

This is closer to the signature of the grand vin than that of the Tourelles de Longueville as it comes from soil with a higher gravel content. It represents 30% of production. Beautiful, rich dark purple in colour from a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 48% Merlot, a more classic interpretation of a Médoc second wine than Les Tourelles. This is gorgeous, with a sense of restraint behind the deep, plump fruit. 18 months in 60% new oak reinforces the silky tannins. I like this very much. Apr 2017, www.decanter.com, Drink: 2027-2050

Score: 91-/100DecanterDrinking Window: 2027-2050

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Les Griffons de Pichon Baron gives aromas of tar, sauteed herbs and earth over a cassis and baked cherries core. The palate is medium to full-bodied, firm and chewy, finishing with an herbal lift. Nov 2018, www.robertparker.com

Score: 88-/100Lisa Perrotti-Brown
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Product details
Country
France
Region
Bordeaux
Sub-region
-
Colour
Red
Taste
Dry
Alcohol %
13.5%
Product Type
Still wine
Product Subtype
-
Drinking Window
2021-2050
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