2011 Pichon Baron Tasting Notes, Jean Rene Matignon Interview



2011 Pichon Longueville Baron utilized a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot.  The wine reached 13.2% alcohol. The wine will be aged in 80% new oak.  The assemblage for 2011 Pichon Baron features one of the highest concentrations on Cabernet Sauvignon found in modern times at this Pauillac estate. Ruby in color, Smoke, truffle, earth, cassis, vanilla and tobacco scents are found in the perfume.  Medium bodied, ripe and soft, there is a fresh, vibrant feeling in the2011 Pichon Baron, ending with fresh, crisp, cassis flavors. 92-93 Pts

Jeff Leve With a difficult year like you had in 2011, what extra work did you need to do in the vineyards for your 2011 Pichon Baron?

Jean  Rene Matignon “We conducted a light green harvest in late June, early July and in August, we removed more leaves. All this helped with the 2011 Pichon Baron”.

Jeff Leve How much extra sorting was required for the 2011 Pichon Baron?

Jean  Rene Matignon “In the vineyard, we hired 100 pickers. We also experimented with optical technology, which uses infrared spectroscopy to measure the phenolic intensity of the berries. This helped  us a lot with 2011 Pichon Baron”.

Jeff Leve “Are you still using satellite imagery to help with your vineyard management?

Jean  Rene Matignon “No. It was not as helpful as we would have liked because the images were taken in July, which was too early for us.”


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