Griffons de Pichon Baron (2nd wine of Pichon Baron) 2015

Pauillac, Second wine

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The 2015 Les Griffons de Pichon Baron is dense, powerful and quite juicy, with plenty of black cherry, menthol, licorice and smoke overtones nuances that all build in the glass. Polished and racy to the core, the 2015 is a terrific choice for drinking over the next decade or so.

Score: 92

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com Maturity: 2018-2028 01 February 2018

The 2015 Les Griffons de Pichon Baron wraps around the palate with striking persistence and creaminess. Dark cherry, plum, mocha, spice, new leather and licorice are all pushed forward. Succulent, open-knit and inviting, the Griffons captures the essence of the year in spades. Despite its forward personality, there is plenty of tannin and structure lurking beneath. This is a strong showing from the Griffons, the second wine of Pichon Baron.

Score: 90 - 93

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com 01 April 2016

The second wine of the estate (of which there are two) first made in 2012, the 2015 Les Griffons De Pichon Baron sports a deep ruby/purple color as well as a medium to full-bodied, concentrated, yet sumptuous style that’s so common in this great vintage. Black fruits, graphite, lead pencil, tons of gravelly minerality (almost Graves-like), and smoky meaty notes all emerge from this ripe, polished, more than a little impressive Pauillac that’s going to shine for upwards of 20 years.

Score: 92

Jeb Dunnuck Maturity: 2018-2038 30 November 2017

Chewy tannins underline the high percentage of cabernet sauvignon in this wine. Full and savory. Walnut and mineral undertones.

Score: 91 - 92

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com 30 April 2016

The 2015 Les Griffons de Pichon Baron was picked between 18 September and 9 October, a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, 60% aged in new oak and the remainder one-year-old. It represents 22% of the total crop, essentially a second deuxième vin, a terroir-based separation since this comes from more gravel soils. It has an understated bouquet, perhaps more so than the 2015 Les Tourelles that contains more Merlot. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin, heightened graphite notes with a focused, almost brittle, but quite compelling finish, pencil shavings scattered over the aftertaste.

Score: 91 - 93

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2021-2040 28 April 2016

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot. 60% new oak. Deep, thick crimson. Fresher than Les Tourelles. Racy and lively and a bit inky and polished. Lots of structure.

Score: 17

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2025-2035 05 April 2016

Lots of depth of good, spicy black fruits. Vigorous yet smooth, with the tannins already blending in. An impressive second wine.

Score: 90

Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com Maturity: 2020-2030 01 April 2016