Chateau Pibran, Pauillac 2020
Available En Primeur
We are very happy to see Château Pibran emerge into the en primeur light, so impressed were we upon tasting it in the office a couple of weeks ago – pure, concentrated and perfectly balanced, this is an estate delivering a great 2020 and showing great promise for the future, too.
Residing on a relatively minuscule 17 hectares, Pibran keeps good company with neighbouring Châteaux Mouton-Rothschild, Lynch-Bages and Pontet-Canet and has benefitted greatly from some considerable investment over the past three decades.
The note from our tasting room:
Fresh, sweet cherry & black fruit core; mint and cedar on the nose; energetic, spicy with sweet and bitter black fruit finishing up. With a few years under its belt, sweet spice, tobacco and leather will be in full bloom. Quite classic, quite delicious.
“More cassis, earthy blackcurrants, tobacco, and lead pencil notes dominate the 2020 Château Pibran, and it has a more straight, focused, structured style on the palate, with the vintage's freshness and purity front and center. The tannins are ripe and polished, and it has good concentration, nicely integrated oak, and a great finish. It's another terrific wine from this brilliant team. The blend is 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 18 months in 50% new French oak.”
92-94 pts, Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
“Deep black fruits on both the aromatics and attack. Pure, intense and finely-drafted tannins suggest careful extraction during winemaking. Beautifully minty fresh finish, this is excellent quality and easy to enjoy.”
91 pts, Jane Anson, www.decanter.com
“A blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2020 Pibran is being aged for an estimated 18 months in French oak, 50% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, it is a little shy to begin, requiring considerable swirling to unlock wonderfully pure scents of crushed blackcurrants, fresh blackberries and wild blueberries, plus hints of lilacs, wild sage, pencil lead and cinnamon stick. The medium to full-bodied palate coats the mouth in expressive, well-defined black fruits, supported by grainy tannins and well-balanced acidity, finishing long and mineral laced.”
90-92 pts, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, www.robertparker.com
|*En Primeur - Please note, this wine is available En Primeur. The price shown is not inclusive of UK duty and VAT, which will be payable at the prevailing rate upon delivery from bond. It will be shipped in Spring - Summer 2023 and we'll contact you once they've arrived.|
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