Chateau Pibran 2015, Pauillac
Surrounded by prestigious neighbors, Chateau Pibran stands tall with great value in a polished & juicy Pauillac style
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NEW, Winter Warmers
Bordeaux Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Casual Entertainment, Formal Entertainment
Bordeaux, Bordeaux – Left Bank
Château Pibran, now under the guidance of Jean-Michel Cazes of Lynch-Bages, produces with good complexity,weight and concentration. Its 9.5 hectares of vineyards stretch across a well-drained gravel bank and border those of Mouton-Rothschild, Lynch-Bages and Pontet Canet. They are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (25%), Cabernet Franc (10%) and Petit Verdot (5%).
The wines are vinified at Pichon-Baron. Fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks and the wine is matured for 12-15 months in barriques (50% new). Pibran is classified as a cru bourgeois but is now producing wines the equal of many of its more highly classified neighbours.
Dark inky color, deep rich dark fruit nose, concentrated flavors of dark raspberries and cassis with noticeable elegant tannins.
Jeb Dunnuck – 92 points
A blend of equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon brought up in 50% new oak, the 2015 Château Pibran is a beautiful Pauillac that does well in a vintage which can be erratic for this appellation. Very classic notes of cassis, tobacco leaf, lead pencil shavings, and spice give way to a medium to full-bodied, elegant red that has fine tannin, nicely integrated acidity, and top-notch purity of fruit. This is a tiny estate owned by Pichon-Longueville Baron, and it’s a Pauillac well worth checking out. I suspect it’s also a great value and should keep for 15-20 years.
James Suckling – 92 points
A very concise mid-weight wine that has attractive cherry and blackberry aromas and flavors arranged in a neatly presented frame of smooth tannins. Velvety finish and good depth. Try from 2021.
Wine Enthusiast – 90-92 points
This wine is spicy, packed with tannins that are well integrated with the black fruits. It is rich, it is round and it will develop quickly.
Decanter – 90 points
Well-expressed, even Cabernet-Merlot blend showing crunchy black fruits. Clear and structured; will age well.
Wine Advocate – 90 points
Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Pibran is a little reduced to begin, with black fruits and tar notions plus hints of dried herbs and chocolate. Medium-bodied with a great core of expressive fruit, it has grainy tannins and a refreshing finish.
Vinous – 90 points
The 2015 Pibran is ample, juicy and absolutely delicious, all qualities that make it an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next few years. Floral notes add lift to the racy, red stone fruit. The 2015 is an unusually polished, nuanced Pibran.
Wine Spectator – 90 points
Black cherry and cassis flavors are fresh and pure, with gentle vanilla, licorice and singed alder notes filling in through the finish. Shows a flicker of savory on the bright finish. A very pure, charming Pauillac. Drink now through 2028.