2018 Pibran, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1413603 93-94 points James Suckling

 This is a cool and dense Pibran with blueberries and blackcurrants and freshness at the same time. Full body, dusty tannins and a flavorful finish. Solid.  (4/2019)

92-94 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Coming from a cooler terroir of gravel, clay, and even a touch of limestone soils, the 2018 Château Pibran is a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon and 46% Merlot brought up in 50% new French oak. Beautiful cassis, graphite and violet notes all emerge from this beauty, which has medium to full-bodied richness, a vibrant, clean, balanced texture, terrific richness, and a great finish.  (5/2019)

90-93 points Vinous

 The 2018 Pibran is bold, punchy and absolutely irresistible, with a bit more kick than usual. Sweet floral, spice and blood orange notes add brightness to a core of radiant red-toned fruit in this supple, inviting Pauillac. Best of all, the 2018 will drink well right out of the gate. This cool site performed especially well in 2018, with the microclimate that clearly helped preserve a measure of freshness. The blend is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon and 46% Merlot. Élevage should be around 18 months, in 50% new oak and 50% ones used barrels. (AG)  (4/2019)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2018 Pibran is a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon and 46% Merlot, to be aged 18 months in barriques, 50% new and 50% one year old. Very deep purple-black in color, it opens with notes of wild blueberries, fresh black cherries and blackcurrants plus touches of fallen leaves, chargrill and hoisin with a waft of Indian spices. Full-bodied with a solid backing of grainy tannins, it has a voluptuous mid-palate and long, spicy finish. (LPB)  (4/2019)

90 points Decanter

 A very tasty, enjoyable Pibran that comes from a cooler site than the main Pichon Baron wine, from gravel soils over a bed of limestone, and always the last for the team to harvest as was the case again in 2018. You can certainly feel the freshness and juice through the dark fruits – a wine that will be limbered up after just four or five years in bottle. (JA)  (4/2019)

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By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/6/2019 | Send Email
Ripe upfront fruit with hints of licorice and black cherries. Tannins are firm. Solid effort! 46% Merlot and 54% Cabernet Sauvignon

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


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- Pauillac is probably the most famous village in Bordeaux. Located between St. Julien and St. Estephe, it has more of the top ranked chateau than the other four appellations of the Haut Medoc. This area has three of the five premier cru classe wineries: Lafite Rothschild, Latour, and Mouton Rothschild. There are two of the top second-growths (Pichon Lalande and Pichon Baron) as well as several outstanding fourth and fifth-growth chateaux including Lynch Bages. Because of the gravely soils and great drainage, Pauillac has the ideal conditions to grow great Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines from this village are some of the longest-lived in Bordeaux.