10% frost loss at Pibran means there's a touch higher Merlot than usual. It's a lovely wine, easily ready to drink in the next five to six years. It has succulent zip and zing with damson fruits, cradled by fine tannins that show a lighter structure than the last few years. 50% new oak.
A fresh red with lots of white pepper and salt. Blackcurrants and blueberries. Full-bodied, tight and focused. Ripe tannins. Nice sweetness at the end. Bright finish.
There was just a little frost that affected one parcel of Cabernet Sauvignon at Pibran this year. As a result, this is the highest proportion of Merlot in the blend ever at 68%, blended with 32% Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep garnet-purple, the 2017 Pibran gives lovely redcurrants and blackcurrants on the nose with a plummy undercurrent and hints of violets, dark chocolate and wild thyme. The palate is medium-bodied, fine, refreshing and delicately played with plenty of expressive red and black fruits and an herbal lift on the finish.
The 2017 Pibran is aged in 50% new oak for 18 months. It has a crisp, pure blackberry and graphite-scented bouquet that is very precise, one of the most detailed that I have come across with respect to this property. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp, chalky tannin. It is not a powerful or deep Pibran, but it is very tensile with an almost flinty finish. Given the reasonable price asked for this Pauillac, this could be one of the buys of 2017. Tasted twice with consistent notes.