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
Slightly high-pitched in profile, with a savory note out front, followed by red currant, wet pebble and iron notes. A touch taut, but shows good drive through the finish.
Wine Advocate: 92
The 2016 Pibran is a blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 4 and 18 October, and matured in 50% new oak for what will be a total of 18 months. It offers plenty of ripe black cherry and blackcurrant aromas on the nose, a touch of blueberry and a light patisserie (choux pastry?) emanating from the new oak that will be subsumed with time. The palate is medium-bodied with quite firm tannin, a structured and more masculine Pibran compared to the 2015 with fine salinity and bite on the finish. This will benefit and meliorate throughout its barrel maturation and I am sure it will give 15-20 years of drinking pleasure.
Vinous: 90
The 2016 Pibran is a pretty, gracious Pauillac with lovely aromatic lift and purity in its flavors. Medium-bodied and gracious, the 2016 will offer considerable appeal over the near and medium term, with good depth and the freshness that is such a signature of the vintage. In 2016, small berries in the Cabernet Sauvignon led to low yields, so the blend favors Merlot over Cabernet.
James Suckling: 94
This is the best Pibran ever with fantastic depth of fruit and velvety tannins. Gorgeous fruit and richness. Layered and excellent. Dynamite.