Why Buy: Wine Spectator is currently unveiling its “Top 10 Wines of 2023,” and the 2020 Château Pichon Baron has made the cut at #8. This is a brilliantly-realized Bordeaux that snagged a near-perfect 99 points from James Suckling, and shows why this Left Bank second-growth has been one of the sneaky-smart buys for some time now.


What They're Saying: The publication swooned over this bottling, calling it "broad and well-proportioned, with a vibrant iron spine buried in its dark fruit," and an utterly unsurprising success for an estate that has proven to be among "today's elite group of modern Left Bank properties."


The Story: The 2020 vintage was a challenging one in Bordeaux, with a wet spring segueing into a hot, dry summer. But the finest estates triumphed, thanks to old vines, enduring terroirs, and superior craft in the cellar, and 2020 emerged a success, the third outstanding vintage in a row for the vaunted region. Vintners were beside themselves with glee, and so were collectors. “I can’t think of a trilogy of vintages for Bordeaux like 2018, 2019 and 2020," gushed Christian Seely, the managing director of AXA Millesimes, which owns Pichon Baron. "The quality levels are almost identical." Seely has been instrumental in the steady rise of this house over the past two decades, along with  Jean-René Matignon, the longtime, legendary winemaker who retired last year, and whose last vintages are a testament to the precision, focus, vibrancy, and depth that the name Pichon Baron has come to represent.


Our Tasting Notes: This is a powerful, enveloping wine, a deep and brooding Bordeaux that compels slowing down and savoring, the better to linger over its nuances and dimensions. It's not just boldness and heft, though; there's also exceptional balance on display here, making for a wine of agility and grace. 


ABV: 14%.


Fun Fact: According to the website Wine Investment, Pichon Baron has "one of the most state-of-the-art wineries in Médoc, with innovations including an optical sorting machine [that] roots out bad grapes."


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*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Winter 2023 (Dec. 21st - Mar. 20th, 2024). All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in KS, MI, NY, or TN. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Tuesday, November 14th, 2023.