2010 Pichon Baron with 2009, 1996 Shows Changing Wine Styles


2010 Pichon Baron with 2009 and 1996 tasting notes, ratings and reviews.

The Medoc, located in the Left Bank of Bordeaux is the home to most of the Classified Growths. You travel through the appellations using the D 2. It’s an amazing drive. As soon as you enter Margaux and continue moving north through St. Julien, Pauillac and St. Estephe, numerous famous chateaux are located just off the main highway. No Bordeaux wine property visible from the road is more famous or beautiful than Chateau Pichon Baron, with its stunning reflecting pool.

Today, the Bordeaux wines being produced at Pichon Baron are once again as beautiful as the pool. Chateau Pichon Baron can make some of the finest wines from not just Pauillac, but all of Bordeaux. However, they lack consistency. 2010 Pichon Baron is a return to form. Tasted 4 times, most recently in July, this could be the finest wine the estate has ever made! Considering vintages like 1989, 1990, 2000 and 2005, that is a strong statement. The team put together by Christian Seely for this Second Growth Pauillac  includes the long time Technical Director, Jean-Rene Matignon.

Pichon Baron Jean-Rene Matignon

2010 Pichon Longueville Baron – Dark ruby with hints of purple in the color, this exciting wine is packed with a cornucopia of fragrance, cocoa, crème de cassis, black raspberry, tobacco and truffle scents open to waves of ripe, chocolate covered blackberries that coat your mouth and palate. Intense, balanced and filled with layers of creamy black and blue fruit with ample freshness, this wine has no hard edges. The wine remains in your mouth and expands with flavor and tactile sensations for almost one full minute.

In the 2010 vintage, Pichon Baron reached 13.75% alcohol, the same level as in 2009. But there is no sensation of heat. The wine is a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Merlot and will be aged in 80% new French oak barrels.  2010 Pichon Baron came out at 132 Euros, which was a big jump from 2009 pricing. 97-98 Pts

2009 Pichon Baron – Leading with smoke, tobacco, blackberry liqueur and gravelly scents, this full bodied, soft textured, black cherry and cassis filled wine ends with ripe sensation of fresh, blackberries and espresso bean. While this lacks the power and ripeness of the 2010, it has improved since it was first tasted in April 2010. 94 Pts

Pichon Baron Christian Seely

1996 Chateau Pichon Baron –  From a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot, this fully mature Pauillac offered scents of tobacco leaf, cassis, cedar wood and earthy forest notes. Fully mature, this medium/full bodied, lighter style of Pichon Baron offers soft textures with a cassis filled finish that is that is slightly marred by some green notes. This Pauillac is best enjoyed over the next 5-8 years to preserve the fruit. 91 Pts

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