Recently I was lucky to be able to taste all the Pichon Barons from the current era, 2001 until 2014. They were lovely wines, but one was missing: the 2013. This is widely regarded to be the weakest Bordeaux vintage of recent years (perhaps alongside the 2007), but I had a bottle lurking, so I cracked it over dinner a few nights ago. These days, a Château like Pichon doesn’t release bad wines, and the 2013 is not a bad wine. I really enjoyed it, and although I wouldn’t cellar it for 15 years, it will make fabulous drinking over the next 5-10 if you have any.
Château Pichon Baron 2013 Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
This is really fresh and balanced. Lovely blackcurrant fruit with some raspberry freshness, and savoury notes of gravel and spice. It’s definitely a lighter expression of Pichon, but it’s perfectly proportioned and drinking very well now, and will carry on drinking well for a decade, I reckon. Lovely focus and definition here. Classic Claret with nice structure and acidity. 93/100
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Jeez; when I started getting interested in wine, you could go into a Safeway and many other high street shops (old Oddbins) and pick this up.
Now, looking at the Wine Searcher link, it’ll set you back sixty quid plus VAT.
Financial barriers to entry when it comes to tasting and learning about a breadth of wines is so scary these days.