Chateau Pichon Baron benefited from the warm dry summer and harvest in 2018 to make wines that bore some similarities to the critically acclaimed 2016 vintage while having ``more exuberance in the fruit,'' according to Christian Seely, managing director of AXA Millesimes, which owns the estate.
Chateau Pichon Baron. Photo: Guy Collins
``The cabernets are magnificent and the merlots are the best we've seen,'' he said during a tasting at the estate April 5. ``The freshness is surprising given the maturity.''
He said Pichon, like many other estates across Bordeaux, benefited from the hot dry autumn which allowed vineyards to pick at maximum ripeness. ``It's a very luxurious thing,'' he said. ``We spaced out the harvest.''
For the main wine of Pichon Baron, the old vine merlots were harvested on Sept. 24 and Sept. 25 and the cabernets sauvignons from Oct. 3 to 10. The main wine was a blend of 78 percent cabernet sauvignon and 22 percent merlot, aged for 18 months 80 percent in new barrels and 20 percent in one-fill barrels. 50 percent of the yield of the estate's 73 hectares of vines went into the main wine.