Pauillac Cru Bourgeois
Château Pibran, 2015 – 375ml

Pibran is an old Médoc name. Its highly reputed vineyard covers one of the finest outcrops of Pauillac. The estate, which originally had only just 10 hectares, was expanded in 2001 following the purchase of neighbouring property chateau Tour Pibran to reach the current size of 17 hectares of superb Garonne gravel soil. The attractive little charterhouse, built in the 19th century, can be seen as one leaves Pauillac toward Cissac, perched on a little hill surrounded by a tree-shaded garden. For a long time it belonged to the Billa family, who sold it to AXA Millésimes in 1987. The vineyards were restructured shortly after the purchase, and drainage was improved in order to get the best possible effect of the soil on the wine. Today Château Pibran is carefully made by Jean-René Matignon and his team at Château Pichon-Baron, in their state-of-the-art winery. The wine is aged at Château Pibran.

The wines benefit from exceptional support, with the vinification process and technical monitoring both carried out by the Château Pichon-Longueville team

Grape

50% Merlot – 50% Cabernet-sauvignon

Vineyard & Vinification Note

Wine making

Fermentation in thermo regulated stainless steel vats during 15 days. Maceration 20-to-25 days. Malolactic fermentation in vats. Egg-white fining. Slight filtering before bottling.

Ageing

50% in new barrels and 50% from barrels of one vintage, for 18 months

Tasting Note

The colour of Château Pibran 2015 is a profond garnet red. The nose offers very ripe aromas of summer berries. The attack is supple and the palate presents beautiful fruits. The finish is long, peppery and fresh, with powerful and fleshy tannins. It expresses all the facets of this terroir particularly well.

Jeb Dunnuck Tasting Note

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. 92 Points, November 2017

James Suckling Tasting Note

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. 92 Points – February 2018

Wine Spectator Tasting Note

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. 2,500 cases made. 90 Points – James Molesworth, March 2018

Wine Advocate Tasting Note

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. 90 Points – Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Feb 2018

Vinous Tasting Note

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. 90 Points – February 2018

Food Pairing

Great with lamb cutlet, venison, poultry and wild mushroom fricassee

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