2015 Chateau Pibran

Year: 2015
Appellation: Pauillac
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 91
James Suckling: 92
Jeb Dunnuck: 92
Wine Enthusiast: 90-92
Jeff Leve: 88
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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"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. -JM" (WS)

"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." (WA)

"The 2015 Pibran is one of the best vintages in recent years. It has a gorgeous bouquet of blackberry, wild strawberry and cold stone scents, developing veins of graphite with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannin, very well-judged acidity and surprising backbone toward the finish, suggesting that this will be a long-term Pibran. Excellent. Tasted at the Pibran vertical at Chateau Pichon-Baron."(VM)

"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."(JS)

"A blend of equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon brought up in 50% new oak, the 2015 Chateau 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 its a Pauillac well worth checking out. I suspect it's also a great value and should keep for 15-20 years." (JD)

"90-92. Barrel Sample. 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. -Roger Voss"(WE)

"From an even split of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon comes a medium-bodied wine with a red fruit core and the essence of smoke, black cherry and mocha on the nose. Give it a year or two to develop more complexity before you pop a cork on this well-priced Pauillac. 87-89 2428 Views Tasted Apr 18, 2016" (JL)