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Château Pichon Baron 2023 released En Primeur

  • Château Pichon Baron 2023 has been released at £1,234 per 12×75.
  • ‘Understated and wonderfully refined’ said Antonio Galloni, who rated it 95-97 points.
  • Buyers looking for value might want to consider the 2015, 2019 and 2020 vintages.

As part of this year’s Bordeaux En Primeur campaign, Château Pichon Baron 2023 has been released at €103 per bottle ex-négociant, down 23.4% on the 2022 (€134.40 per bottle).

It is being released to the international trade at £1,234 per 12×75, a 23.8% decrease on the 2022’s opening price (£1,620 a case).

Buyers looking for value have several opportunities among back vintages, including the 2015, 2019 and 2020. See more pricing analysis below.

Critical response

‘A terrific effort from this estate’, said William Kelley (The Wine Advocate), awarding a score range of 95-97 points. According to him, the wine is ‘layered, textural, deep and concentrated, with sweet structuring tannins and a long, resonant finish’.

Neal Martin (Vinous) gave a score of 94-96 points. According to him, the wine is ‘very focused, fresh and quite sapid in the mouth, with a subtle strictness that codifies this as Pichon Baron’.

James Lawther MW (Jancis Robinson), describing the wine as ‘powerful but subtle and discreet’, awarded a score of 17.5/20 points.

Antonio Galloni (Vinous) awarded the wine a score of 95-97 points, calling it ‘understated and wonderfully refined’.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (The Wine Independent) awarded a score of 95-97 points. According to her, ‘the nose erupts with classic scents of cassis, juicy plums, and redcurrant jelly followed by fragrant nuances of lilacs, camphor, and crushed rock plus a waft of wild thyme’.

Pricing analysis

While today’s release comes at a discount to 2022, it remains one of the more expensive vintages of the past decade currently available on the market. The 2015, 2019, and 2020 vintages may be compelling alternatives for buyers.

The 2019 vintage may present reasonable value to buyers. Awarded a score of 97 points by Neal Martin (his highest rating of the past decade, alongside the 2015 and 2020), it is available today at a discount of 6.6% to today’s release (£1,152).

The 2015 vintage benefits from additional time in bottle and is available at a discount of 6.0% to today’s release (£1,160). Although younger, the similarly-rated 2020 is also available at £1,200 per 12×75, a discount of 2.8% to today’s release.

Use our ready-made list to easily spot opportunities in back-vintages of Château Pichon Baron and other Left-Bank wines.

Our Bordeaux En Primeur 2023 page contains everything you need to know about this year’s campaign. You can also sign up for our daily En Primeur email alerts using the form below.   

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