The 2016 Pibran, which contains 68% Merlot, had just been bottled when I conducted the vertical tasting. It has a fabulous bouquet of black currant and black cherry fruit, beautifully defined and seamlessly integrated with the oak. The medium-bodied palate offers exquisite pure black fruit laced with graphite. It conveys energy and tension, and the finish is supremely detailed and sophisticated. This is a seriously good Pibran, probably the best ever made. Tasted at the Pibran vertical at Château Pichon-Baron.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2038
55% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon – more Merlot than usual because of lower yields of Cabernet Sauvignon. 50% new oak. Snazzy dark crimson. Insistent nose bursting with the scents of vegetation (but not green and underripe) with lots of energy and life. Not rich and with lighter tannin content and more sweetness than the St-Estèphes I have just been tasting but a pretty nice glass of wine. Very slightly sweet on the end. Meant for early drinking.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2032
Robert Parker 87
The 2016 Pibran is deep garnet-purple in color with a nose of black plums and black and red currants with wafts of smoked meats, tar and chargrill. Medium-bodied, the palate is earthy/rubbery with chewy tannins and an herbal lift on the finish.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2028