Chateau Pibran 2016

Chateau Pibran 2016

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Chateau Pibran began in 1941 when Paul Pibran Billa purchased the Property and renamed it. The estate is very new compared to most of its neighbors in Pauillac. In 1987, AXA Group purchased the property and immediately began investing lots of money in the estate. They replanted vineyards, constructed new cellars and renovated the Chateau. They also purchased an adjoining property, Chateau La Tour Pibran and incorporated the vineyards.

The 17 hectare vineyard of Chateau Pibran is planted to 54% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1% Petit Verdot. With that much Merlot planted in their vineyards, Chateau Pibran has perhaps the largest percentage of Merlot in Pauillac.

The AXA Group currently owns Chateau Pichon Baron, Chateau Suduiraut in Sauternes and Chateau Petit Village in Pomerol.

Wine Spectator: 93
This has showy fruit, with dark plum, boysenberry and black currant compote flavors that are nicely melded, with freshness provided by licorice snap and violet notes. A really strong graphite edge drives the finish, with fine acidity playing an important supporting role along the way. Best from 2023 through 2038.
James Suckling: 94
This is a vivacious and very attractive, ripe Pauillac with aromas of ripe red plums, cherries and blackberries on offer. The palate has a plush, refined and suave array of very attractive, fine but dense tannins and the rich blackberries, plums and mulberries carry long and super fresh. Try from 2023.
Jeb Dunnuck: 92
Loads of cassis, graphite, and pencil lead notes dominate the bouquet of the 2016 Château Pibran, which is deeply colored, full-bodied, and nicely textured on the palate. It’s another incredibly classy wine from the northern regions of the Médoc that has enough fruit and texture to offer pleasure today, yet will benefit from short-term cellaring and cruise in cold cellars.