Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron Pauillac Bordeaux Wine Complete Guide

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Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron History, Overview

Chateau Pichon Baron and Chateau Pichon Lalande started out life together. At their inception, they were originally part of the same Bordeaux wine making estate in Pauillac. The chateau and Bordeaux vineyard of Pichon Baron acquired its name like many properties of the day, through marriage.

This happened when Therese, daughter of the founder, received the estate as a dowry when she married Jacques de Pichon Longueville, the first President of the Bordeaux Parliament. This began the creation of what we now know of as Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron.

Chateau Pichon Baron as we know it today changed because of the Baron Joseph de Pichon Longueville. He took over managing Pichon Baron when he was only 19 years old! When the Baron was 90, on the night of his death in 1850, he divided his Pauillac estate between his five children.

Trying to be fair to everyone, his two sons received two fifths of the vineyard and the wine-making facilities; his three daughters received the other three fifths. The men were awarded what became Chateau Pichon Baron. The women were given what later became Chateau Pichon Lalande.

It’s interesting to note, that Pichon Lalande, perhaps in part ended up producing the more sensuous style of Pauillac because it was managed by women, while Pichon Baron, which was run by men, even today creates a more masculine style of Bordeaux wine from the Medoc.

For a few years, both properties were overseen by Baron Raoul de Pichon Longueville before the estate was finally divided in two forever.

Pichon Baron remained in the Pichon-Longueville family until 1933. At that point, it was acquired by the Bouteiller’s who claimed they were direct descendants of the official wine steward to the King.

Pichon Baron went through a difficult period in the 1960′s and 1970′s, due to a lack of investment. That changed when Pichon Baron was purchased by the AXA insurance group, which began the modern era for Pichon Baron.

Jean-Michel Cazes of Chateau Lynch Bages was brought in to help run the estate. At the time of the purchase, the chateau, vineyards and Bordeaux wine making facilities were all in need of a major face lift. The vineyards were in need of replanting as only 33 hectares of vines were cultivated at the time of the purchase.

Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron The Modern Age

Jean-Rene Matignon started with the Left Bank Bordeaux property in 1985. In three short years, Pichon Baron once again began producing wines of world class quality. The first vintage that brought this historic estate back to prominence was the sublime 1989 followed by the even better 1990.

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When Jean-Michel Cazes retired from Pichon-Baron in 2000, Christian Seely was asked to take over the management of¨Pichon Baron as well as the other seven properties of the wine group including Chateau Suduiraut in Sauternes, Chateau Petit Village in Pomerol, Chateau Pibran in Pauillac and Quinta do Noval in Portugal.

AXA also maintains and interest in Burgundy with Domaine de l’Arlot. Christian Seely has managed many of these estates since 1993. AXA also owns one of the larger Bordeaux wine negociant companies, Compagnie Medocaine.

Much of the wine made at Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron during the decades of the 1960′s, 1970’s and the 1980’s, were lackluster. Part of the problem could be due to the estates use of machine harvesting during much of those years. That practice stopped shortly after Jean Rene Matignon joined the team, in 1987.

The first two great vintages of Pichon Baron produced in the modern era remain their 1989 and 1990. However, that was once again followed up by another decade of moderate wines. That all changed with the release of the 2000 Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron which was quickly followed by the 2003 and 2005.

In fact now, the wines continue improving. 2009 Pichon Baron is sublime and in my opinion, the 2010 Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron is the best wine they have ever produced yet!

Pichon Baron produces rich, full bodied, spicy, concentrated, tannic and elegant Bordeaux wines. In the top vintages the wines age and improve for decades. While prices have risen, so has the quality. With so many great vintages starting with the 1989 and 1990 vintage, it’s hard to pick a favorite. Is it the 2000, 2005, 2009 or 2010? My vote is on the 2010, but the 2016 is also in the running. We’ll have to wait a decade or two before we know for sure.

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Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 73 hectare vineyard of Chateau Pichon Baron are planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. However, the Cabernet Franc and the Petit Verdot are reserved exclusively for the second wine.

This marks a change in the makeup of the vineyard with the addition of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot and an increase in the amount of Cabernet Sauvignon planted in the vineyard since the mid 1990’s.

The 40 hectares used to produce the grapes for the Grand Vin are located on the plateau of Pauillac, which touches the vineyard of Chateau Pichon Lalande and overlooks the vineyard of Chateau Latour, across the street from the chateau and close to the St. Julien border.

On the far south, the vineyard connects with Chateau Leoville Las Cases and Chateau Leoville Poyferre, in Saint Julien. The terroir is is mostly deep gravel soil. The vineyard is planted to a vine density is 9,000 vines per hectare. The vines here are old, averaging close to 65 years of age.

The size of the Pichon Baron vineyard has increased over the years. As a point of comparison, during the early 1980’s, only 35 hectares were under vine. That is a far cry from they have planted today. But clearly this has not been a detriment to the quality of the wines as you can easily see.

The vineyard is divided into 4 main blocks. Those 4 main blocks can be further subdivided into 70 different parcels. The terroir is mostly deep gravel, sand clay soils. They have slopes and elevations, which at their peak has an elevation of 13 meters.

Their best terroir is a 20 hectare parcel of old vines, located directly in front of the chateau. However, they also have vines to the north, and in the far west of the Pauillac appellation.

Today, a greater emphasis is placed on sorting in the vineyards and at the chais, using optical sorting technology. A good part of the reason for the dramatic increase in quality at Pichon Baron today is the amount of selection that that takes place, which increases the number of cases for the second wine, Les Tourelles de Longueville, while decreasing the Grand Vin.

As an example, for the 2000 vintage, close to 30,000 cases of Pichon Baron were produced, with only a small amount of wine going into the second wine. Today, the production of Pichon Baron has been cut almost in half!

Chateau Pichon Baron strives to remain on top of the technology curve. They were on the first estates to embrace the use of satellite imagery for their vineyards.

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Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron Winemaking

To produce and vinify the wine of Chateau Pichon Baron, they have 44 tanks in total. 44 vats are stainless steel vats of varying sizes. The vats range in size from 64 hectoliters all the way up to 220 hectoliters.

They also have 4 oak tanks which are all 80 hectoliters. The oak vats are always reserved for the Merlot. The size of each fermentation vat corresponds to the specific size and needs of each parcel, allowing for very precise wine making on a plot by plot basis at Chateau Pichon Baron.

This allows for not only parcel by parcel selection, but by grape variety as well. At times, with all the available vats, selections can be conducted inside individual parcels as well.

The new cellars were designed by the noted Architect Alain Triaud, who is the brother of Jean Louis Triaud, the owner of Chateau St. Pierre and Chateau Gloria in St. Julien.

Malolactic fermentation takes place in tank. The wine of Chateau Pichon Baron is aged in an average of 80% new, French oak barrels for 18 months. Of course the percentage of new oak and the time in barrel varies, depending on the character of the vintage.

The blend for Chateau Pichon Baron can also vary from vintage to vintage. However, the trend since at least 2000, has been to add more Cabernet Sauvignon to the blend. Production of Pichon Baron averages 18,000 cases per year.

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The best vintages of Chateau Pichon Baron are: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2003, 2000, 1996, 1990, 1989 and 1961. I’ve had some older vintages from the 1950’s, 1940’s and 1930’s that have been outstanding. If you see an older bottle, it is definitely worth trying.

There is a second wine which made its debut with the 1983 vintage. At the time, it was called Baronet de Pichon. Due to a copyright issue with the name, that was already held by Mouton Rothschild, the name was changed in 1986 to Les Tourelles de Longueville.

Starting with the 2012 vintage, Pichon Baron added a new, higher end second wine to their portfolio; Les Griffons de Pichon Baron. Les Griffons de Pichon Baron is produced from some of the estate’s oldest vines that are also used to create the grand vin.

The blend is on average, 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. The wine is aged in 60% new, French oak barrels for up to 18 months. The production is close to 3,000 cases per vintage. The same team also owns and produces Chateau Pibran, a fairly priced, Pauillac wine.

When to Drink Chateau Pichon Baron, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Pichon Baron is not a wine to drink on the young side. The wine is usually far too tannic, powerful and backwards during its youth. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 3-6 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Chateau Pichon Baron is usually better with at least 15 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Pichon Baron offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 15 and 50 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Pichon Baron with Wine and Food Pairings

Chateau Pichon Baron is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Pichon Baron is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Pichon Baron is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, salmon, mushrooms and pasta.

The estate made two changes starting with the 2012 vintage. Consumers are now able to go to the website for the chateau and use the visual recognition system that is now placed on the bottles on both on the capsule and back label. Each capsule and back label has a unique code they can enter into the website to show if their bottle is authentic and the consumer can also know where the wine was initially sold, as a way to guarantee its authenticity. It’s a step in the right direction that helps fight wine fraud and counterfeiting.

Additionally, the same technical team that is responsible for Chateau Pichon Baron produces Cap Royal. A quick glance at the label will remind you of the relationship. Cap Royal is available as a Merlot dominated wine from Bordeaux Superieur.

Cap Royal is also available as a white Bordeaux wine made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Cap Royal is a true value Bordeaux wine.

Château Pichon-Longueville Baron Wine Tasting Notes

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2016Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)99 pts

Astounding color, it's impossible to see though the wine in the glass. Rich, concentrated, multi-layered and multi-faceted, this is a powerful attention grabber. But it's also a wine of finesse, freshness and purity. There is a force of flavor and meticulousness that has not been produced in previous vintages. This is one of those wines that coats your palate with precision, fruit and flavor. The tannins are there but they are so ripe and there is such a wealth of fruit, you just do not notice it. The finish, with opulently textured boysenberry, tobacco, dark chocolate, cigar and plum, lasts for a full minute or more! Blended from 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot, this wine reached 13.3% alcohol with a pH of 3.8. The Grand Vin represents only 45% of the harvest, which took place between October 3 and October 18.

99 points - Tasted
2016Les Griffons de Pichon Baron  (Pauillac)93 pts

Just a stunning black-purple color, the wine is superb this year. Concentrated layers of luscious fruits, the structure is forthright and graceful with round, creamy tannins and a long, black currant, spice and licorice-filled finish. Hard to believe this wine this is not a classified growth in this vintage! The wine was created from a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 48% Merlot. Les Griffons de Pichon Baron is produced from a vat selection that is tasted before the final blending.

93 points - Tasted
2016Les Tourelles de Longueville  (Pauillac)90 pts

Spicy with cedar, tobacco and black currants, this is dripping with juice, and with more flesh than usual. There is a freshness to the sweet fruits on the body and in the finish. Les Tourelles de Longueville is produced from a parcel selection blend of 58% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot.

90 points - Tasted
2015Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)96 pts

Dark in color, this is a strong wine. Concentrated, polished refined and with a wealth of flavor, tobacco, cedar chest and smoke, the fruit really comes on strong. Give it at least a decade before popping a bottle.

96 points - Tasted

Cigar ash, cedar, black and red fruits and tobacco are hard to ignore in this rich, plush, concentrated wine. Dark in color, soft, ripe with its polished tannins and acidity in perfect harmony. Blended from 77% Cabernet Sauvignon and 23% Merlot, this wine reached 13.55% alcohol with a pH of 3.65. The Grand Vin represents only 45% of the harvest, which took place between September 18 and October 9. 94 - 96 Pts

95 points - Tasted
2015Les Griffons de Pichon Baron  (Pauillac)90 pts

Made from a vat selection before the blending of Pichon Baron, this wine offers supple tannins, fresh cassis, blackberries and plums. It is softly textured with a purity of fruit much improved over previous vintages. Even though the blend is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine will be enjoyable on release or it could also age for a few years. 89 - 91 Pts

90 points - Tasted
2015Les Tourelles de Longueville  (Pauillac)86 pts

Made from a parcel selection and produced from a blend of 55% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, this medium-bodied, fresh, sweet, red fruit- filled wine is an easy tasting charmer -- open, forward and vinified for early drinking pleasure. 85 - 87 Pts

86 points - Tasted
2014Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)96 pts

Already delicious! What more needs to be said? The wine is full bodied, concentrated and offers length, persistence and energy, with a long, blast of sweet, juicy cassis, blackberry, earth and tobacco. There is a polish to the tannins and volume that allow this wine to get noticed. This will be even better with 5-10 more years.

96 points - Tasted

Dark in color, with black, blue and cassis fruit complicated by smoke, earth and tobacco in the bouquet. This wine is rich, dense, long, silky and lush. There is a beautiful purity to the layers of ripe, sweet, fresh fruit and plush tannins. The finish builds and expands pleasantly in the mouth. This wine is probably better than the delightful 2003 and not far from the even more better 2005. Crafted from a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot, the wine reached 13.3% alcohol with a pH of 3.7. The Grand Vin represents 45% of the harvest. 95-96 Pts.

95 points - Tasted
2014Les Griffons de Pichon Baron  (Pauillac)89 pts

Bright, crisp with an early display of wet earth, cedar, cassis and floral characteristics, this forward-styled Pauillac has a refined, easy drinking, fresh-picked berry appeal and it will deliver a classic tasting, cassis-filled experience on release. 88-90 Pts

89 points - Tasted
2014Les Tourelles de Longueville  (Pauillac)86 pts

Light and forward, produced from 65% Merlot, this supple, fruity, easy drinking wine will be best tasted on release. 85-87 Pts

86 points - Tasted
2013Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)91 pts

It's a nice wine indeed. But you need to know, it's soft, short and sweet, as the fresh, soft textured, cherry, cassis, earth and cedar character is gone far too soon. In the old days, this would have been considered a proper lunch Claret by my friends across the pond.

91 points - Tasted

Blending 82% Cabernet Sauvignon with 18% Merlot, the wine reached 13.2% alcohol and will be aged in 70% new French oak. From yields of only 32 hectoliters per hectare, the Grand Vin represents 40% of the crop. This is the lowest level of production for Pichon Baron in close to 50 years. With a developed nose of cassis, tobacco, black cherry and licorice, the wine features oak that’s already integrated into the wine. Soft and round, medium bodied and fresh, this wine has prominent tannins. Give it 5 years or so of bottle age before popping the cork. 89-91 Pts.

91 points - Tasted
2013Les Tourelles de Longueville  (Pauillac)84 pts

Dominated by Merlot, the wine is light in color and body, ending with cassis and cranberry notes. 83-85 Pts

84 points - Tasted
2012Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)93 pts

Full bodied, tannic and tight, this is far too young to drink today. I like the wines cassis character, but it seems like it's always going to a crisp, tannic, classic personality.

92 points - Tasted

Quite successful for the vintage, the blast of sweet, juicy, fresh, round berries, oak, earth, tobacco and spice leaves an impression, with its long, dark berry filled finish.

93 points - Tasted

Utilizing 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot, the wine reached 13.1% alcohol. With a deep crimson ruby color, it’s easy to find forest, tobacco, earth, cassis and blackberry notes. Once past the aromatics, the wine is fresh and lively with black raspberry, vanilla, soft textures and an inner core of crème de cassis, which will only improve with age. The wine will be aged in 80% new French oak. 92-94 Pts

92 points - Tasted
2012Les Griffons de Pichon Baron  (Pauillac)87 pts

Soft, medium bodied, easy drinking Pauillac with nice freshness and round textures on the palate.

87 points - Tasted
2012Les Tourelles de Longueville  (Pauillac)87 pts

a quiet red and dark berry-driven wine with a high Merlot content that will allow it to be enjoyed on release. 86-88 Pts

87 points - Tasted
2011Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)92 pts

Forward in style, this allows for early drinking pleasure, while waiting for your 2009 and 2010 to come around. Already open, the soft cassis, blackberry and tobacco notes, with the right amount of freshness and firmness can be enjoyed with little effort.

92 points - Tasted

Lush, round textured fruits, soft polished tannins and an open, fresh, black cherry, earth, tobacco and spice filled finish that can be enjoyed on the young side while waiting for the 2009 and 2010 to develop.

92 points - Tasted

Cassis, coffee bean, tobacco, earth and forest floor notes open to a medium bodied wine filled with spicy blackberries and earth. Give this a few years for the tannins to soften and develop more complexity. This is quite successful for the vintage.

92 points - Tasted

Utilizing 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 features one of the highest concentrations of Cabernet Sauvignon found in modern times. 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 the wine, ending with crisp cassis flavors. 92-93 Pts

92 points - Tasted
2010Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)98 pts

Close to being off the charts, everything about this wine is stunning. The layers of fruit are endless. The tannins are lush, silky and refined. The seamless finish really goes on and on. If you have a case and want to see what a stunner this is in its youth, I get it. Else, give it another decade or longer and this will provide thrilling drinking in the years to come.

98 points - Tasted

Deep ruby, almost inky in color. Woodsy, truffle, smoky aromatics remind me a smoking a Cuban cigar while drinking a glass of plum and blackberry liqueur. The aromatics pop along with the cork. Incredibly rich, the wine takes up a lot of room on the palate, with a wall of ripe tannins and a fine grained finish of ripe cassis that does not want to quit.

97 points - Tasted

This is starting to close down for a long sleep. There is no denying the high quality fruit, intense purity and ripe, sweet tannins, but it's a lot less fun to taste than when last tasted in April. Drink a bottle quickly if you have to, else, this could take 15-20 years before it really comes into its own.

98 points - Tasted

Deep, dark ruby in color, cigar box, crème de cassis, licorice, coffee, smoke and dark berries create a compelling set of aromatics. The wine is full bodied, lush, rich, polished, vibrant and powerful, yet there is a beautiful sense of elegance and symmetry that keeps everything in balance. Clearly, this gives the 1990 a run for the money as the best vintage of Pichon Baron ever produced. Based on the development of the 1989 and 1990, this should easily age for decades.

98 points - Tasted

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. 97-98 Pts

97 points - Tasted

Pichon Longueville Baron utilized only 45% of the harvest to make a great 2010. The wine reached 13.75% alcohol, the same level as in 2009. From an assemblage of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Merlot, this deep, dark, purple colored wine opens with cassis liqueur, oak, truffle, tobacco and walnuts Powerful, concentrated and stuffed with ripe cassis and licorice flavors, this dense, classic style of Pauillac ends with a long generous, round, tannic finish. The best wine from this estate since 2005, it will be aged in 80% new oak. 96-97 Pts

97 points - Tasted
2010Les Tourelles de Longueville  (Pauillac)88 pts

A strong effort from a second wine. With an easy to like personality, this Merlot dominated wine is packed with fresh dark berries, soft textures and a fresh, fruit filled finish.

88 points - Tasted

Cassis, dark berries and hints of sweet jammy plums with chocolate scents lead to a medium bodied, fresh, black cherry and cassis finish. 87-89 Pts

88 points - Tasted

Cassis, dark berries, sweet jammy plums and hints of cocoa lead to a medium bodied, fresh, black cherry and cassis finish. 86-89 Pts

87 points - Tasted
2009Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)97 pts

Young as you'd expect, but it's impossible not to love the layers of sweet, ripe, lush fruits, silky, opulent tannins and long, mouth filling finish.

97 points - Tasted

Truffle, licorice, spice, incense and cedar chest aromas with only a bit of fruit poling through today. On the palate, the wine is lush, powerful, sweet and fresh, but clearly, this is starting to close down for several years. It’s obvious from the complexities in the nose, silky mouth feel and volume, this is a stunning wine. But it’s not much fun to drink now. Give this a decade or more and enjoy the fire-works.

96 points - Tasted

This sexy Pauillac is filled to the brim with ripe, sweet, opulently textured layers of fruit, earth, spice, licorice and espresso beans. Forward in style, with the right blend of freshness coupled with intensity and lush tannins, if you lack patience, this is right wine for you. If you have the willpower to wait for it to develop, this is also the right wine to buy. I'm happy I own it.

97 points - Tasted

Inky in color, with a blast of smoke, earth, tobacco, cassis, espresso bean, blackberry jam and smoke in the perfume. Powerful, concentrated and deep, with layers of perfectly ripe, silky blackberry, mocha and spicy plums, the wine remains on your palate for close to 50 seconds! There is not a single hair out of place.

97 points - Tasted

The packed aromatics are filled with cedar wood, incense, cassis, earth, espresso bean and cigar tobacco. From an assemblage of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, this supple, rich, round Bordeaux ends with fresh cassis, blackberries and black cherries. Very stylish.

95 points - Tasted

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 points - Tasted

2009 Pichon Baron is deep ruby, with notes of black raspberry, flowers, spice, mocha, and coffee in the nose. The round textured wine has a fresh finish of elegant dark plums and spicy chocolate. I like the style of the wine, even if it did not afford the power and concentration found in previous great vintages. 93-95 Pts

93 points - Tasted
2009Les Tourelles de Longueville  (Pauillac)90 pts

Blending 61% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Cabernet Franc produced a wine packed with fresh crème de cassis, earth, cedar and plum. Round, polished and with the ability to age for a bit, although it's best enjoyed on the young side for its early charms. This is a strong second wine.

90 points - Tasted
2008Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)94 pts

Tight at the moment as you would expect. With effort, layers of fresh, juicy cassis, blackberry, earth, oak and cigar box aromas are available. Good concentratin of flavor, balance, ripe tannins and freshness... What more could you ask for? As 2008 still sells for a fair price, this is work seeking out.

94 points - Tasted

2008 Pichon Baron has a cassis filled perfume that’s complicated with hints of tobacco, coca, earth and blackberry jam. Full bodied and loaded with flavor, this elegant, round, polished Pauillac feels great on the palate and ends with a long cassis and dark berry sensation. 93 Pts

93 points - Tasted

08 Château Pichon Baron was deep ruby with purple accents in color. Blackberry, cassis, raspberry, and a touch of oak were easily discernible in the nose. Soft tannins, concentration, and a good depth of flavor are the hallmark of this wine. If it puts on a bit more weight, and it should, this Pichon Baron will be outstanding. 91-94 Pts

93 points - Tasted
2007Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)92 pts

Cedar wood, tobacco, lead pencil, red and black currant create the perfume. Medium/full bodied, the wine is drinking great today. There is freshness, sweet, light, red fruits and softness in the finish. OK, the finish is a bit short, but the fruit is clean, lively and pure. There is no need to age this any longer.

92 points - Tasted
2006Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)93 pts

Cedar wood, lead pencil, tobacco, smoke and forest floor scents on the nose let you know there is more than meets the eye here. But you're not going to find out what this wine has to offer today. Full bodied, tight and tannic, the bright, fresh and concentrated wine demands another decade in the cellar before it's fun to drink.

93 points - Tasted

This showed a creamy, black raspberry, spice, tobacco and cassis filled perfume. This is not an early drinker. There is a depth of flavor, but the tanins feel slightly rustic. It reminded of the 86 with better fruit and riper tannins. Wine maker Jean-Rene Matignon says, it is closer in style to their 88.

91 points - Tasted
2005Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)96 pts

Young, but not quite primary, there is so much fruit, the tannins are so ripe, the textures have enough silk that if you them on the y9oung side, you can pop a cork today. Else wait until the wine hits 20 and then look out!

96 points - Tasted

Cedar, truffle, cigar box and lead pencil scents are already coming to the forefront. The wine is powerful, full bodied, concentrated and long, with a richness of character and a seamless, finesse style that make this a delicious treat that will age for decades. Keep your hands of it for another decade, if you can Due to its richness, you can enjoy it young, but there is so much potential here, it's only going to get better and better.

96 points - Tasted

Popped and poured by a guest at our annual day after Thanksgiving celebration, there was no way anyone could not see the potential in this beautiful Pauillac. Intense concentration of fruit and flavor, soft, ripe, elegant tannins, the structure to age and a long, fresh, ripe, classy finish made me want to grab another glass before it was all gone. Sadly, I was too late.

96 points - Tasted

Filled with spicy black fruit, espresso, black raspberries, smoke, fudge and cigar box, the aromatics on this young wine was already off the charts! Full bodied and packed with perfectly ripe, blackberries and cassis, this opulently textured and powerful wine is destined for a great future.

96 points - Tasted

Very spicy nose with gobs of cassis, oak and fresh black pepper. Stunning concentration in the mouth. It is like biting into a cassis, drenched plum and blackberry pie. Great balance and lift. The 45 second finish is a treat.

95 points - Tasted

This is almost at the level of the stunning 2000. Not quite, but close. Concentrated layers of spicy black fruit, tobacco and cassis fill every nook and cranny of your palate. Concentrated and deep, but the tannins are not as soft or ripe as they were in 1990 or 2000. Regardless, this is an outstanding, age worthy wine.

95 points - Tasted

This concentrated Bordeaux kicks off with cassis, blackberries, coffee and oak in the perfume. The palate is awash in huge mouthfeel of ripe, blackberry fruit with a touch of black cherry in the finish. Lots of structure. Needs time. Masculine in style. Very classic Bordeaux.

94 points - Tasted
2004Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)91 pts

Likable, easy drinking, forward style of Pichon Baron, that while it lacks the weight and depth of the best vintages, there is good Pauillac character and the price is more than fair.

91 points - Tasted

From a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, this is the last vintage where the estate used any Cabernet Franc in the assemblage. From a developed nose, with bell pepper, cedar wood, leaf, cigar box, vanilla, tobacco and spicy cassis flavors, the wine is medium bodied and on the fresh, crisp, spicy, strict, classic side of the style range. There is a hint of dryness in the cassis and cranberry finish.

90 points - Tasted

This offers an earthy, sweet, dark fruit and spice filled nose. Lush palate entry. Already open. This is a very pretty style of wine that drinks well today

91 points - Tasted

This sports a deep color, but lacks the same level of concentration found in 05 or 06. Spicy, jammy black fruit, very stylish. That being said, for the money, it is a good wine to have while waiting for the bigger years to come around.

91 points - Tasted
2003Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)95 pts

This bottle seemed a little less fresh than previous examples, most of which came from the same case. The nose was great, with its tobacco, cassis, truffle and cigar box aromas. But it seemed to lack the same level of lift on the palate. Soft, polished and lush, there is no real hurry to drink this. But there is probably no upside to holding it for further evolution either.

93 points - Tasted

This is a beauty and it is drinking great today. With about an hour of air, the supple textures, sweet, ripe, juicy fruits, tobacco, earth, cherry and cassis come out to get noticed. The wine feels great on your palate. There is freshness and subtlety going on here. You can drink this now, or age it. This is not at the level of the really great vintages, but it's not so far either.

95 points - Tasted

With a big mouthful of ripe, sweet cassis, the wine has depth, weight and length and avoids any of the trappings found in the wines where overripe flavors are part of the character. The lush, rich, opulent textured finish is exactly what the doctor ordered. Popped and poured, this is already quite nice to drink and I suspect it's going to get better still.

95 points - Tasted

Tobacco, cigar box, cassis and a faint whiff of espresso bean create the nose. The wine is full bodied, rich, lush, opulent, concentrated and sexy. The finish is round, fruit filled and smoky. This is drinking great with only 15 minutes of air. I cannot wait to see how this develops over dinner.

95 points - Tasted

Roasted black cherries, pie crust, cedar chest, licorice, spice box and crème de cassis produce an inviting set of aromas. On the palate, the wine is soft, supple, round and plush. The tannins are ripe, the fruit is sweet and rich, finishing with layers of sweet, delicious fruit. Over the past few years, this has started to mature at a slightly more rapid pace. There is no hurry to drink this delicious wine. But I would not hold it for decades.

94 points - Tasted

A vintage of Pichon Baron that allows tasters to enjoy it, before its 15th birthday! Tobacco leaf, cigar box, truffle, crème de cassis, blackberry and spice, plush textures and a luscious, cassis, blackberry and spice box finish are found in this delicious Pauillac. As good as it is, it will get even better over the next decade.

95 points - Tasted

Pops out of the glass like a Jack in the Box! Perfume explodes in your face with spice, creamy black and red fruits, cassis and raspberry notes. Multiple layers of decadent ripe fruit drench your palate. There is a lot to like in this wine.

94 points - Tasted

Coffee, chocolate, licorice, toffee and cassis roars from the glass. Suave, sweet entry that develops into a splendid, corpulent feel filled with deep, soft, polished dark fruit.

95 points - Tasted
2003Les Tourelles de Longueville  (Pauillac)80 pts

Over the hill and past its prime. Drink up.

80 points - Tasted
2002Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)90 pts

The product of a cooler vintage, there is an austerity to its nature that will please some tasters that appreciate old school styled Bordeaux. It is nice wine that is starting to drink well, but it is not going to offer the fireworks found in the riper years.

90 points - Tasted

Smoke, cassis, tobacco, green peppercorns, spice and berries are easy to find. The wine ends with blackberry, darkcherry, chocolate and spearmint flavors. This is already showing well at a young age.

90 points - Tasted
2001Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)93 pts

This is really starting to come on strong. The ripe, sweet, juicy cassis and blackberries are right where you need them to be. The tobacco, cigar box, thyme and spice show up exactly when needed. There is good freshness and energy in the wine and the tannins are ripe. With an hour or so in the decanter, this is really a treat to drink today..

93 points - Tasted

This kicks off with wonderful levels of pure, ripe, black fruit and truffle. Rich elegant entry , finishing with a melange of black fruit. This will drink well young.

92 points - Tasted
2000Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)96 pts

This just keeps getting better and better. As the tannins soften, the cedar, tobacco, blackberry, lead pencil and smoky notes continue to build. The wine offers concentration, power and elegance, with a refined, textural finish, that let all the tobacco and cassis shine on through. It's close, but if you have 2-5 years of patience in you, the wine should be even better.

96 points - Tasted

Popped and poured, I cannot believe how well it's showing. The wine is full bodied, rich and concentrated, with a wealth of ripe, elegant, yet powerful fruits. This is really worth popping a cork on, if you haven't had a bottle in a while. Decanting would have made this even better. But we were thirsty, what can I say?

96 points - Tasted

Blackberry, cassis, spice, truffle and forest floor aromas led to a boatload of rich, ripe, juicy, spicy, fresh, Cabernet Sauvignon. The intensity of flavor in the powerful finish, ripe, refined tannins and balance were everything you'd want in a Pauillac. While there is no problem in opening a bottle today, patience will be rewarded. Give it another 5 years. This should give pleasure and evolve until at least 2040!

95 points - Tasted

Cassis, cedar, ripe black fruit, tobacco and spice make up the intense perfume for this Bordeaux. This powerful, intense wine is filled with layers of plush, ripe black fruit. This wine has no hard edges and offers pleasure in every sip. As good as it is, it’s only going to get better. I'm not sure where this wines is trading at today, but it might be the Left Bank wine to own that pairs high quality, great style, ability to age and improve with a reasonable selling price.

96 points - Tasted

The glass can barely contain the aromatic explosion of Cuban tobacco, spice, earth, truffle and soft jammy berries. This full bodied, powerful, elegant, styled Bordeaux wine floats over your palate in layer after layer. The fruit is very polished, silky and fine. This is the most elegant style of Pichon Baron I have yet tasted. Is it better than the dynamic duo of 89 & 90. Jean Rene says "Yes!" Me, I think it is possible as this seems to more elegant and complex. Plus it shows a little better than 89 & 90 at the same stage.

96 points - Tasted

This bottle had it all. Aromatics in spades, great intensity and concentration, a palate that was drenched in rich, ripe fruit and a long, clean, pure finish. Still young, this is a wine to own. It gives 89 & 90 a run for the money.

96 points - Tasted

Still dark, with purple tints, you can taste the ripeness and purity in every sip. The wine reminds me of the 90 with its wonderful character. The black fruit and spice filled nose offers toast and tobacco, adding to the wines complexities. Very concentrated with perfectly ripe fruit. The finish seems to go on for close to a minute. Because of the perfect levels of ripeness, this wine can be tasted today, but it requires another decade or longer before offering secondary characteristics.

96 points - Tasted
1999Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)90 pts

Medium bodied, but not exactly light, there is a leafy, herbal note on top of the bright red fruits, tobacco and cedar. The wine is fresh in nature, soft in texture and ready to drink, with its red fruit and tobacco leaning. This is not a wine for long term aging.

90 points - Tasted
1998Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)92 pts

Still tannic at 17 years of age, but there is a lot to like about the wine. It's deep, concentrated and long, with freshness, flavor and intensity. There is a firmness to the tannins that reminds me a good version of a 1986 Pauillac.

92 points - Tasted
1996Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)93 pts

At 20 years of age, this is really starting to show. The tannins have softened, yet, there is still a slight Medoc firmness to the wine. Cassis, cigar box, cedar chest, tobacco, lead pencil and olive tapenade aromatics create the nose. The finish has the perfect blend of tannins, elegance, freshness and a touch of austerity, coupled with plenty of sweet, juicy sweet fruits to let you know you are firmly in Pauillac . If you have a bottle of this wine that have been waiting for, your wait is over. Pop a cork on it today!

93 points - Tasted

This bottle showed better than previous tastings. Lots of tobacco, cassis, earth, olive, cedar and a hint of bell pepper in the nose. Masculine in tenor, but with enough class and elegance in the fruit to make it enjoyable to taste. With an hour of air, the tannins subsided a bit, allowing the wine to expand and gain more elegance in the texture. Based on this bottle, the wine should age quite well and could merit a better score in the years to come.

92 points - Tasted

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 points - Tasted

While a good wine, it lacks the power, ripeness and concentration of the top Medocs from 1996. The cassis, blackberry, truffle and tobacco, coupled with a smooth, albiet not very concentrated mouth feel offers nice sensations. The tannins are soft allowing the wine to sdrink well today.

90 points - Tasted
1995Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)92 pts

Stern, classic, old school Pauillac, with a text book nose of cedar, cassis, tobacco and green pepper. Austere on the palate, which is as you would expect from most 1995 wines, at 22 years of age, this is not going to change. 2 hours of air helped, but did not cure all its ills. If you long for days for the days of lower alcohol, and a strict character, with some green, this is going to make your day.

90 points - Tasted

The hands of time have been kind to this wine. Medium/full bodied, with a ripe cassis, cedar and cigar box personality, the wine is starting to lose some of its tannic edge, serving up a crunchy blast of ripe, sweet, fresh, energetic fruits in the finish.

91 points - Tasted

Tobacco, cedar wood, cassis, spice and forest floor aromas greet your nose. The tannins are a little rustic and drying. Crunchy, ripe cassis with some greenness is found in the slightly austere finish. Much better on the nose than the palate. If you're looking for a Pichon Baron with age in the same price range, buy the 1996.

90 points - Tasted

Blackberry, cassis, truffle, mint and tobacco lead to a medium/full bodied Pauillac that has developed better than expected. Most of the tannins have melted away. The wine ends with a short, cassis and black cherry finish. This is a nice and stylish Pauillac that is showing well today.

92 points - Tasted
1994Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)88 pts

Austere in style, the best part of the experience with its tobacco, truffle, cedar chest and red berry perfume, there is a noticeable green note and some dryness to the tannins on the finish. Drink up. This is not going to get any better with time.

88 points - Tasted
1990Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)98 pts

This just keeps getting better every time I taste it! Perfectly ripe fruit, elegant, refined and full bodied, with rich, lush textures, length, mouth filling and intense, this is drinking beautifully.

98 points - Tasted

What a super wine. Combining power, sweet, perfectly ripe fruits, lush, regal tannins and a finish that does not quit, this is drinking great today.

97 points - Tasted

Rich, full, deep, long and concentrated, the tannins are soft and silky. The palate relishes the layers of sweet cassis and blackberry, complemented by the earthy, tobacco and cigar box notes. This is so good now and there is room for improvement.

95 points - Tasted

By coincidence, I was lucky enough to taste and compare 1990 Pichon Baron with 1989 Pichon Baron from perfect bottles, two different times over a two week period, with consistent results.The 1990 is rich, luscious, opulent, refined, concentrated, complex and for me, a compelling wine that is drinking perfectly today. The 1989 is firm, tannic, more structured and did not become truly civilized until it was decanted for at least three hours. After 3 hours, the 1989 began to blossom, lose its tannic edge and while it remained classic (in all the right ways. The 1990, with its lush, soft, silky tanniis the best of all possible worlds. You can drink it today, as it really shows its stuff. You can also age for at least another 15-20 years. The 1989, which is not as much fin to drink today could improve for another 30-40 years.This one of the most fun back to back wines to compare these days as it is as much about the wines as it is about the tasters.

97 points - Tasted

A great wine tasting experience telegraphs its intentions from the first sniff of its perfume. The moment the cork popped, we were treated to a wave of cassis. Truffle, tobacco, blackberry, forest floor and spice aromas only added to the experience. Concentrated, rich and refined, the wine combines power and elegance. There is a lot of purity and freshness in the long, supple finish. This is drinking great today. There is no reason to wait before popping a bottle. That being said, if your bottle has been well stored, it should continue to evolve and add levels of complexity for another decade or more. This is the finest vintage of Pichon Baron made between 1961 and 2009. I think the 2010 is probably a better wine, but with a 20 year head start, the 1990 is the wine to have.

97 points - Tasted

If you're a Bordeaux lover, buy this wine. If you're wondering about what a maturing Bordeaux is like, buy this wine. If you've always wanted to know why people become so entrenched with Bordeaux, buy this wine. By now, you're getting the point, buy this wine. It gets better and better with age. The beautiful nose grabs your attention with is cigar box, forest floor, licorice, cassis, earth, blackberry, spice box and liqueur scents. But the party really gets going when the rich, sensuous, concentrated, silky wine hits your palate. It's smooth, polished, elegant and strong. Clearly, this is First Growth in quality. It's drinking perfectly today and I would not be surprised to find it drinking even better 20 years from now. Did I mention you should buy this wine?

98 points - Tasted

Cassis, blackberry, tobacco, wet earth and spicy aromatics lead to a full bodied, youthful, concentrated, deep, intense Pauillac. The is power with polish. While the 1990 Pichon Baron is showing great today, it's only getting started. This is probably the best showing I've had for this wine yet. It keeps getting better and better! Well stored examples could easily last and improve for another 2 -3 decades.

98 points - Tasted

No matter how many times I taste this wine, I am never bored with it. Each tasting offers something new to discover. Interestingly, at this blind tasting, two bottles of 1990 Pichon Baron were opened. The first bottle was defective, the cork crumbled into pieces and the wine seemed cooked. The second bottle was stunning! Intense aromas of tobacco, spice box, leather, Cuban Cigars, creme de cassis, blackberries, earth, truffle and wet earth could not be avoided. Thick, intense, rich and concentrated, everything was in perfect balance and harmony. There was not a hard edge to be found, The finish lasted close to 60 seconds. This stunning Pauillac gets better every time I taste it. There is no reason to think that pattern is not going to continue!

97 points - Tasted

Splendid aromas of cassis, cedar, black fruits and more were all over the place! On the palate, your senses enjoy an ocean of soft, rich, ripe, concentrated, velvety Bordeaux fruit. Fabulous texture! Everything here is in balance and the wine ends with a very, long, clean finish. After tasting so many wines, this stood out from minute one! Truly, this is one of the stars of the vintage.

97 points - Tasted

Aromatics of cassis, choclate, tobacco, truffle and spice filled your glass. In the mouth, massive layers of ripe, dark fruit brought a smile to your face. Ripe and round in style, this plush, potent, elegant Bordeaux is the real deal.

96 points - Tasted

This has a lot in common with the 89. The difference is, the 90 is a little more elegant with a roasted quality. The 89 also appears to have a bit more tannin and structure. Still youthful, this gem of a wine offers an ocean of ripe, spicy, black fruit, licorice, chocolate and more spice. The perfect definition of powerful, elegance. I bought a lot of this wine on release for $35. I should have purchased more.

96 points - Tasted

This text book Pauillac offers a gorgeous nose of cassis, black fruit, spices and tobacco. Wonderful, expansive palate. Tremendous levels of concentration, depth and complexity.

95 points - Tasted

Deep, dark, ruby color. Scents of cedar, black cherries, jammy blackberries, truffles, licorice and coffee. Full bodied. Great palate presence. Stylistically, this wine perfectly melds power, opulence and elegance. Molten, spicy cherries and licorice caress your palate. Very long, rich, luxurious finish.

95 points - Tasted

This gets better each time I taste it. If you love Bordeaux, this is a must have wine. Earthy notes with cassis, truffles, coffee and forest scents fill the glass. The wine is very rich and full bodied. The mouth feel is deep, but not heavy. It's rich, elegant and plush. A mini Latour? In 5 years this will be a monster!

96 points - Tasted

Black fruits, earth, and black cherries blend in nicely with oak aromas. The wine is full-bodied, but compared to the Guraud, it’s a completely different animal. The texture is very rich and silky. It’s much more opulent and at this stage than the Gruaud, and it offers more pleasure to taste

96 points - Tasted
1989Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)98 pts

This wine just keeps getting better and better. The tannins have really become quite silky. Concentrated, round, long, deep and complex, the wine feels like each berry has been polished with velvet. There is more than enough layers of fruit here to keep any taster busy. The wine continued improving in the glass for hours. This has morphed into a true classic example of a great, fully mature Pauillac that is well worth the money asked today.

98 points - Tasted

This just keeps getting better, year after year. This could be the best showing yet. Silky, refined, long, complex and concentrated. The wine is packed with its tobacco, cedar, smoke, cassis and spicy characteristics. This is a very complete experience.

97 points - Tasted

This textbook Pauillac is showing great today. The tobacco, blackberry, earth, cedar and cigar box aromas really pop. Full bodied, concentrated, rich and long, the wine lingers and builds. If you have a bottle, this is a great time to taste it.

97 points - Tasted

Over the past few years, this has really started to kick into high gear. The wall of fruit and tannin has softened and developed, offering a long wave of rich, deep, concentrated, earthy fruits. At 25 years of age, you can enjoy this now, or wait another decade and it's only going to get better.

96 points - Tasted

By coincidence, I was lucky enough to taste and compare 1989 Pichon Baron and 1990 Pichon Baron from perfect bottles, two different times over a two week period, with consistent results.While the 1990 is rich, luscious, opulent, refined, concentrated and drinking perfectly today, the 1989 was firm, tannic, more structured and did not become truly civilized until it was decanted for at least three hours. After 3 hours, the wine began to blossom, lose its tannic edge and while it remained classic (in all the right ways) the long, fresh, cassis filled finish seemed to go on and on. The 1990 will age for at least another 15-20 years, but the 1989 could improve for another 30-40 years.

96 points - Tasted

Powerful, tannic, structured and classic, with a cedar, tobacco, crème de cassis, blackberry, truffle, earth and forest floor perfume, there is a lot going on in this Pichon Baron. However, it could use a few more years to soften and develop.

94 points - Tasted

Familiar scents of cedar, cassis, tobacco, cassis, blackberry, earth and cigar box, led me to Pauillac. Big, dense tannic and masculine, the wine has developed a bit of firmness in its personality. It’s in a drink or hold stage. I’d probably give it a few more years, hoping it will soften.

94 points - Tasted

Now we're talking! And I love what it has to say. The deep ruby color looks great in the glass. Cedar, cassis, tobacco, truffles and spice get your senses going. Deeply concentrated with layer upon layer of rich, ripe Cabernet and blackberry glide over your palate. This wine perfectly combines power with elegance. Still young, as good as it is, it's going to get even better over the next several years

95 points - Tasted

1989 Pichon Baron is filled with ripe plums, cassis, Asian spice, licorice, earth, coffee, truffle and forest floor aromas. This full bodied, intense, concentrated wine is powerful. With round tannins and multiple layers of ripe, juicy cassis, this wine offers a text book Pauillac experience. While not in the lush style of the 90, this is wine Bordeaux lovers should have in their cellars. It's still young and it's only going to get better with age. 95 Pts

95 points - Tasted

The dark ruby color looks great in the glass. Cedar, cassis, tobacco, truffles, and spice get your senses going. Deeply concentrated and full bodied with layer upon layer of rich, ripe cabernet and blackberry that glides over your palate. This wine perfectly combines power with elegance.

96 points - Tasted

Big, beefy and structured as well as more tannic, this is a very impressive wine. Boat loads of spicy cassis and ripe blackberries greet your nose. The stellar levels of concentration found in this perfectly balanced wine make it a treat for your intellect and senses. This is classic and classy Pauillac that will continue to improve for years.

95 points - Tasted

Firing on all cylinders. This concentrated wine was chocked full of ripe, rich Cabernet fruit. The long clean, pure finish remained with you.

95 points - Tasted

This powerful, elegant Bordeaux offeres an intoxicating perfume of cassis, smoke, earth, black raspberries, coffee and spices. This full bodied, richly concentrated wine coated your palate with layers of fabulous, deep, rich, fruit. The wine had it all, attack, beautiful mid-palate and lengthy finish.

96 points - Tasted

Still young, this larger-scaled wine offers layers of thick, ripe, black fruit, spices and cassis. Powerful and balanced.

94 points - Tasted

Textbook Paulliac. Boat loads of cassis, earth, dark fruit and tobacco fill your glass. At 17 years old, it’s still very young. Fresh, plush, long and round in style, this is only going to get better.

95 points - Tasted
1988Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)90 pts

I found this lone bottle during a recent cellar clean up. It was a nice surprise as it's fully ready to go. Classic in all the right ways, with its cedar wood, tobacco, smoke, cigar box, wet earth and cassis nose. The wine maintains a firm, rustic charm to its tannins, with notes of green olive and herbs poking through the crisp cassis finish. If you're seeking an old school experience, that is more correct than charming, this could be the wine you're looking for.

90 points - Tasted
1986Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)87 pts

Medium/full bodied, with an austere side to its tannic character, the fruit is bright and acidi, leaving with a cassis and cranberry, tobacco dominated character.

87 points - Tasted
1985Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)87 pts

Adequate and correct, the cedar wood, tobacco, lead pencil and hints of red, smoky fruit on the nose were much better than the austere, strict, bright red fruit on the palate. Fully mature, the wine requires drinking.

85 points - Tasted

Better than expected, but clearly, this the depth, concentration and freshness found in subsequent vintages starting with 1989. Medium bodied, firm some tartness and slightly drying in the finish, better on the nose than on the palate, this requires drinking sooner than later.

87 points - Tasted
1982Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)92 pts

Medium bodied, austere and not exactly lean, but there is not a lot of meat on these bones. Yes, you find tobacco, cedar and piquant cassis on the nose. But there is a stern, austere lean to the bright red berries. The wine is starting to dry out. If you have a bottle, you should drink it much sooner than later, before it dries out even further.

89 points - Tasted

Light ruby in color, with spice, truffle, cassis and tobacco in the perfume, this medium/full bodied wine is full mature and requires consumption over the next 5 years. The wine ended with short cassis and bitter chocolate flavors.

90 points - Tasted

1982 Pichon Baron is one of those wines that is all about the bottle. This bottle was better than most with its tobacco, cedar wood, lead pencil and cassis notes that screamed Pauillac. It was not refined, and there was a touch of austerity in its character, but it offered a lot of charm. Fully mature, further time in the cellar is just pushing your luck.

91 points - Tasted

From a magnum, the wine showed ruby with bricking colors. Aromas of hot bricks, smoke, cassis, earth and tobacco combined with soft round textures and a medium length cassis, kirsch and plum filled finish. This is fully mature and should be enjoyed sooner than later

92 points - Tasted

Traditionally styled with an austere personality, this medium weight wine offers a nice cassis nose with hints of tobacco and earthy aromatics. In the mouth, the wine seems to have dried a bit over the past few years. The once robust personality has become a little lean and angular. The wine needs to be drunk up.

88 points - Tasted

Coffee, tar, cedar and cassis. This is a thick, chewy, fruit filled wine. This is probably mature, but there is no hurry to drink it

90 points - Tasted
1977Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)82 pts

Served double blind, I was sure it was an over the hill Pauillac. I was surprised to discover it was from one of the worst vintages of the decade. Still, some pleasure could be found in the light red fruits and cassis, with its tobacco notes on top. While very light, it was not a bad wine.

82 points - Tasted
1967Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)84 pts

A success in a difficult vintage, the wine was more about its secondary aromatics, than the fading, palate. If you have a bottle, pop a cork before more of the fruit is replaced by acidity.

84 points - Tasted
1966Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)91 pts

Rough and ready, the wine, which has faded from its glory is still offering pleasure. Strict in style, yet not without oldschool, cedar chest, tobacco, cigar, herb and forest floor scents and chewy tannins, it's a fun look at a full mature wine from the old days.

91 points - Tasted
1961Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)93 pts

Tobacco, truffle, cassis, earth, smoke, cedar, lead pencil, forest floor and spice aromas produced a complex perfume. Fully mature, the wine ended with a rich, full bodied, sturdy sensation of spice, earth and cassis. It's always a treat to taste wines that have hit the half century mark. At 50 years of age, when a well stored bottle can deliver the goods, that says a lot about the wine. Large formats of this wine should be even better!

93 points - Tasted

Brick hued and very aromatic with huge doses of cassis and earth notes. This powerful, fully mature Pauillac kept improving in the glass for almost 2 hours before peaking and gently sliding downhill

93 points - Tasted
1959Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)75 pts

Light in color and equally light in wine as well. What little pleasure was left seemed in a hurry to leave the table as the wine quickly died in glass. The austere, lean and charmless wine is not something I would look for in the market today. According to the Chateau, this was not a great period of Pichon Baron and this bottle did not disprove that notion.

75 points - Tasted
1953Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)92 pts

Like walking into a tobacco store in the forest, the wine felt, smelt and tasted great, if you dig all that earthy, old school character as much as I do. Not a wine to age, but to savor and remember how things were 2 generations ago.

92 points - Tasted
1952Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)90 pts

Fading, but still with more than enough to keep you interested with all its tobacco, cigar box, cedar, wet earth, forest and light cherries. Slightly rustic, but not stern, just a real fine example of old school Pauillac.

87 points - Tasted

Like walking into a smoke filled bar, where everyone is happily puffing away on cigars and cigarettes. Next add truffle, stone, cigar ash, cedar wood, cedar wood and sweet cherries. Sporting the silky, older, patina of age, that delivers a green pepper and cassis finish. OK, I admit, there is a bit more romance than quality with this wine, but it really delivers a lot of vintage character and charm. For full disclosure, this bottle was from the chateau where it has not moved since it was bottled. Other bottles might not show as well.

90 points - Tasted
1937Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)84 pts

It was an unbelievable thrill to taste this bottle as it approached its 80th birthday! From a bottle stored at the chateau its entire life, the wine started out great, with a nose of cigar box, tobacco, earth, spice, forest floor, smoke and hints of berries. Tea and light ruby in color, with a medium body, the first 10 minutes were filled with sweet red berries and cassis. However, the wine soon began to fade in the glass. Regardless of the score, this was an honor to taste that created a 100 Pt memory, and isn't that what all the best bottles are really for?

84 points - Tasted
1900Château Pichon-Longueville Baron  (Pauillac)91 pts

Smells of tobacco, truffles, barnyard, tea, cedar, cassis and an array of ground spices meet your nose. This was amazingly young and fresh for 109 years old! The mouth starts with an aged patina of blackberry and cassis. The wine took over an hour before gently fading away. I wonder what vintages like 1989, 1990, 2000 or 2005 will be like at 100 years of age? I imagine they will probably be even better.

91 points - Tasted