The second wine of the estate (of which there are two) first made in 2012, the 2015 Les Griffons De Pichon Baron sports a deep ruby/purple color as well as a medium to full-bodied, concentrated, yet sumptuous style that’s so common in this great vintage. Black fruits, graphite, lead pencil, tons of gravelly minerality (almost Graves-like), and smoky meaty notes all emerge from this ripe, polished, more than a little impressive Pauillac that’s going to shine for upwards of 20 years.
In contrast to Les Tourelles, Les Griffons comes from the same plots as the grand vin. It is the destination for the younger vines or the result of intra-plot selection (such as, for example, the exterior parts of a plot), and much of it will likely make it into the first wine over the next 10 to 20 years. As a result, this is a lot tighter and more concentrated than Les Tourelles, and their differences seem particularly marked in 2015. Cassis and charcoal abound here. 60% new oak. (JA)
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