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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.
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. The level of quality has continued improving.
Pichon Baron produces rich, full bodied, spicy, concentrated, tannic and elegant Bordeaux wines. You find a balance between power and refinement. The wines offer unique character and style.
As they mature, they take complexities of cassis, cedar, tobacco, wet earth and spice. In the top vintages the wines age and improve for decades. While prices have risen, so has the quality.
Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 73 hectare vineyard of Chateau Pichon Baron is 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. They are not used in the Grand Vin.
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.
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 8 oak tanks which range in size from 80 to 135 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.
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.
The best vintages of Chateau Pichon Baron are: 2018, 2017, 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.
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, 2010, 2015 or 2016? 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.
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. Les Tourelles de Longueville. takes its name from the distinctive turrets that adorn the chateau.
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.
Château Pichon-Longueville Baron Wine Tasting Notes
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|2018||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
The color is pure purple and on the nose the level of fruit is enormous. Blackberry, boysenberry, dark cherry, smoke, espresso, black currant and cigar wrappers are the first thing you'll notice. Powerful yet regal, rich, concentrated and multi-layered, the fruit comes at you with non-stop waves of flavor. But more importantly, the fruit is fresh, pure and quite dense. Although quite tannic, the ripe berries coat your palate, teeth and gums and stay with you. The tannins do not intrude. There is no touch of heat, jam or overripe sensations even though the wine reached 14.1% alcohol. This stunner will age and develop into one of the great vintages for Pichon Baron. To enjoy this at its best, you'll need to have some patience, at least 10-12 years are needed before popping a cork. The wine will age and evolve for 3-4 decades after that. The wine was made from blending 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot. The Grand Vin was made from 50% of the harvest with the picking taking place September 24-25 for the Merlot and October 3-10 for the Cabernet Sauvignon. 97-99 Pts
1,793 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2018||Les Griffons de Pichon Baron (Pauillac)|
With a strong floral character, the wine needs a bit of coaxing to bring out its deep, dark red fruits. Graceful, agile and fresh with the tannic bite of the Cabernet Sauvignon and the roundness from the sweet Merlot, this wine was made from blending 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 48% Merlot and will age in 60% new, French oak barrels. 92-93 Pts
1,315 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2018||Les Tourelles de Longueville (Pauillac)|
Juicy, sweet and fresh, the wine is medium bodied, rich, supple, forward and already easy to drink with its blackberry and dark plum profile. The wine was made using 66% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot. 90-92 Pts
1,199 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
Extremely dark and almost inky in color, you’ll find wet forest, cedar wood, tobacco, espresso and ripe blackberries from the beginning. Dense, concentrated and full bodied, the wine wraps around your palate with immaculate purity and plush velvety tannins. This is opulence, power, structure, austerity and balance, which lingers in the mouth for nearly 50 seconds. The wine was made from blending 79% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Merlot, reaching 13.1% alcohol with a pH of 3.7. The Grand Vin was made from 50% of the harvest and the picking took place September 18 to October 3.
2,917 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2017||Les Griffons de Pichon Baron (Pauillac)|
Right from the get-go the wine is polished, soft and fresh. There is backbone with layers of ripe, juicy, dark fruits and briny tannins in the finish. The wine was made from blending 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 48% Merlot.
1,975 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2017||Les Tourelles de Longueville (Pauillac)|
Supple textured, soft, presumptuous and fruity, this wine offers instant gratification for those who cannot wait for the inescapable gush of Cabernet Sauvignon.
1,693 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
With an incredibly dark hue, the wine is as expected, concentrated, full bodied, rich, multi-layered and multi faceted. Once the wine is in the glass, your met with waves of ripe, dark, red fruits and a wall of tannin. But everything is perfectly ripe and falls exactly into place. The finish sticks with you for close to 60 seconds. This is a cellar worthy stunner that demands 10-15 years of age before you want to pull a cork, but patience is going to be a virtue here.
2,999 Views Tasted Feb 10, 2019
Inky black in color, the level of concentration is equally dense. The depth of fruit and flavor impresses and entertains your palate with all its finesse, freshness and purity. There is a definite wall of tannins, but they are so refined and ripe, its easy to enjoy the layers of dark, perfectly, deep red fruits. The finish seems endless. This is so good, even at 9 in the morning, I took a sip!
5,793 Views Tasted May 13, 2018
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.
4,910 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2016||Les Griffons de Pichon Baron (Pauillac)|
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.
3,063 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2016||Les Tourelles de Longueville (Pauillac)|
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.
1,979 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
Supple textured fruits are the first thing you notice. The dark berries have flesh, fabulous, softness texturally and you find the structure to age. There is length and complexity, which already shows signs of truffle, cigar wrapper, smoke, iron and wet earth. This will age and evolve for at least 3 decades or longer. In fact, you are going to need at least a decade or longer for this to soften, expand and develop additional nuances.
4,161 Views Tasted May 21, 2018
Deep and dark in color, the wine combines power, concentration, a wall of ripe, tannins and a wealth of ripe, juicy, ripe, fresh, dark fruits to create its character. On the palate, the wine coats your palate with its wave of dark berries and tannins that stick with you through the long finish. One of the few 2015 wines that require at least a decade of age, if you have the patience, and can wait, this is one for the cellar.
4,346 Views Tasted Mar 12, 2018
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.
4,365 Views Tasted Jul 12, 2017
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
5,064 Views Tasted Apr 18, 2016
|2015||Les Griffons de Pichon Baron (Pauillac)|
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
1,734 Views Tasted Apr 18, 2016
|2015||Les Tourelles de Longueville (Pauillac)|
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
1,937 Views Tasted Apr 18, 2016
|2014||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
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.
6,038 Views Tasted Feb 1, 2017
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.
5,188 Views Tasted Apr 14, 2015
|2014||Les Griffons de Pichon Baron (Pauillac)|
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
3,858 Views Tasted Apr 14, 2015
|2014||Les Tourelles de Longueville (Pauillac)|
Light and forward, produced from 65% Merlot, this supple, fruity, easy drinking wine will be best tasted on release. 85-87 Pts
3,040 Views Tasted Apr 14, 2015
|2013||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
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.
3,869 Views Tasted Feb 10, 2016
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.
3,087 Views Tasted Apr 20, 2014
|2013||Les Tourelles de Longueville (Pauillac)|
Dominated by Merlot, the wine is light in color and body, ending with cassis and cranberry notes. 83-85 Pts
2,796 Views Tasted Apr 20, 2014
|2012||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
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.
4,195 Views Tasted Jul 15, 2016
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.
2,573 Views Tasted Mar 11, 2015
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
7,182 Views Tasted Apr 23, 2013
|2012||Les Griffons de Pichon Baron (Pauillac)|
Soft, medium bodied, easy drinking Pauillac with nice freshness and round textures on the palate.
4,195 Views Tasted Oct 28, 2014
|2012||Les Tourelles de Longueville (Pauillac)|
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
3,014 Views Tasted Apr 23, 2013
|2011||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
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.
3,531 Views Tasted Nov 14, 2017
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.
4,156 Views Tasted May 21, 2015
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.
3,195 Views Tasted Feb 16, 2014
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
3,604 Views Tasted Apr 10, 2012
|2010||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
Stunning! Yes, it is young and primary. But the fruit really coats your palate hitting you with wave after wave of rich, fat, juicy, pure, ripe, concentrated berries that taste, feel and smell great! This is a future legendary vintage for Pichon Baron.
6,457 Views Tasted Oct 22, 2018
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.
7,755 Views Tasted Jul 15, 2016
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.
7,654 Views Tasted Jul 2, 2015
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.
8,440 Views Tasted Jul 9, 2014
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.
7,728 Views Tasted May 8, 2013
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
9,790 Views Tasted Aug 5, 2011
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
9,119 Views Tasted Apr 20, 2011
|2010||Les Tourelles de Longueville (Pauillac)|
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.
5,380 Views Tasted May 8, 2013
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
4,355 Views Tasted Jul 30, 2011
Cassis, dark berries, sweet jammy plums and hints of cocoa lead to a medium bodied, fresh, black cherry and cassis finish. 86-89 Pts
3,095 Views Tasted Apr 5, 2011
|2009||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
The wine is clearly going to sleep now. It is impossible not to enjoy the weight, density, flesh, and opulence, but the nuances are now resting and will sleep for 6-10 years as a guess.
5,292 Views Tasted Oct 22, 2018
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.
8,252 Views Tasted Jul 15, 2016
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.
10,409 Views Tasted Jul 2, 2015
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.
9,229 Views Tasted Jul 9, 2013
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.
11,390 Views Tasted May 7, 2012
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.
10,741 Views Tasted Feb 8, 2012
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.
9,996 Views Tasted Jul 24, 2011
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
8,212 Views Tasted Aug 26, 2010
|2009||Les Tourelles de Longueville (Pauillac)|
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.
6,660 Views Tasted May 7, 2012
|2008||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
A perfect example of classic Pauillac. The wine combines regal and stern attributes. There is power, waves of ripe, dark, juicy, deep fruits, and a wealth of tannins, but much of its character is still held in check. It's austere at the moment and while it will flesh out and soften with age, developing nuances and complexities, this is always going to be on the classic, structured, masculine side of the style range.
3,043 Views Tasted Sep 17, 2018
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.
6,573 Views Tasted Oct 6, 2014
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
11,491 Views Tasted Jul 20, 2010
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
10,737 Views Tasted Aug 31, 2009
|2007||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
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.
3,474 Views Tasted Mar 30, 2017
|2006||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
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.
5,928 Views Tasted May 25, 2016
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.
10,941 Views Tasted Jun 13, 2008
|2005||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
It has been a few years since I lasted th8is gem, but holly molly, this is really upped its game. There is more density, flesh, richness, fruit, length, and complexity. The tannins are present, but they are starting to mellow. There is a gentleness to the backbone and structure here, that was not present before. The palate enjoys the bath of perfectly ripe, powerful, yet silky blackberry and cassis that crosses its path. The finish leaves a long, lasting impression, making you want to taste it again and again. If you have a case or more and want to check in on its progress, pop a cork. Else, wait a decade. This is one of those wines that's worth the wait!
6,762 Views Tasted Jul 24, 2018
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!
5,677 Views Tasted Apr 16, 2016
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.
5,901 Views Tasted Jun 28, 2015
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.
6,983 Views Tasted Nov 30, 2013
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.
16,526 Views Tasted Jun 28, 2012
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.
15,634 Views Tasted Jun 17, 2010
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.
7,718 Views Tasted Jan 20, 2008
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.
4,910 Views Tasted Jun 25, 2007
|2004||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
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.
5,777 Views Tasted Apr 16, 2016
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.
5,039 Views Tasted Jan 4, 2015
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
7,980 Views Tasted Jun 17, 2009
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.
4,159 Views Tasted Jun 25, 2007
|2003||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
Soft, elegant, charming and for the most part, ready for prime time drinking. The wine is full-bodied, with depth of flavor, but the short finish takes away some of the thunder here. The fruit, tannins, flavor and character are all that you need, it is that shortness in the finish that I wish was just a bit longer. If this was the only bottle on the table, it would be great. But when compared with other vintages, it held up, but did not shine. 10-15 years is probably the remaining window here.
4,009 Views Tasted Jul 24, 2018
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.
3,992 Views Tasted Aug 22, 2017
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.
4,461 Views Tasted Oct 2, 2016
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.
5,204 Views Tasted Feb 28, 2016
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.
5,029 Views Tasted Nov 19, 2015
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.
6,100 Views Tasted Dec 18, 2013
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.
9,555 Views Tasted May 7, 2012
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.
7,915 Views Tasted Jun 17, 2009
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.
4,689 Views Tasted Jun 25, 2007
|2003||Les Tourelles de Longueville (Pauillac)|
Over the hill and past its prime. Drink up.
4,841 Views Tasted Dec 18, 2013
|2002||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
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.
4,968 Views Tasted Apr 16, 2016
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.
9,646 Views Tasted Jun 23, 2010
|2001||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
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..
3,079 Views Tasted Apr 16, 2016
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.
6,383 Views Tasted Jun 17, 2009
|2000||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
This is a top bottle of Pichon that remains stuck in adolescence. Still, it is easy to see that with that difficult cocktail and resolve that is best mixed in a cold cellar, the wine is going to shine, once more of the tannins soft, and melt away. There is weight concentration, balance, freshness and layers of cassis that do not quit. But much of this beauty is being held in reserve. Give it until 2022 and lets talk about it then.
6,526 Views Tasted Jul 24, 2018
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.
5,701 Views Tasted Dec 22, 2017
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?
7,139 Views Tasted Sep 13, 2015
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!
15,057 Views Tasted Jan 12, 2012
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.
10,854 Views Tasted Mar 5, 2010
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.
6,949 Views Tasted Jun 17, 2009
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.
6,592 Views Tasted May 5, 2009
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.
6,401 Views Tasted Oct 1, 2008
|1999||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
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.
3,410 Views Tasted Dec 4, 2017
|1998||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
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.
3,429 Views Tasted May 13, 2015
|1996||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
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!
5,473 Views Tasted May 8, 2016
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.
5,943 Views Tasted Oct 20, 2013
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.
11,565 Views Tasted Jul 21, 2011
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.
4,639 Views Tasted Oct 1, 2008
|1995||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
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.
3,953 Views Tasted Oct 10, 2017
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.
4,229 Views Tasted Jul 27, 2015
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.
7,597 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2012
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.
10,669 Views Tasted May 19, 2011
|1994||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
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.
5,412 Views Tasted Aug 3, 2014
|1990||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
Very close to full maturity here. Hey, it only took 28 years! But the wait was worth it. The soft, elegant, refined, austerity that belongs to Pauillac is shining brightly here. The wine is fresh, full bodied, effortless to drink and serves up its blend of forest leaf, tobacco, cedar, cassis, smoke and cigar wrapper without being asked. Perhaps another year or two will a bit more nuance, but at close to 30, this is where it needs to be, for prime time drinking.
5,501 Views Tasted Jul 24, 2018
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.
4,136 Views Tasted Sep 25, 2017
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.
4,281 Views Tasted Jul 15, 2016
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.
4,785 Views Tasted Dec 22, 2014
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.
6,335 Views Tasted Jul 8, 2013
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.
9,378 Views Tasted Jan 12, 2013
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?
8,108 Views Tasted Oct 10, 2012
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.
9,850 Views Tasted Jun 18, 2012
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!
9,211 Views Tasted Oct 24, 2011
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.
4,973 Views Tasted Jun 15, 2010
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.
4,858 Views Tasted Jun 15, 2009
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.
4,830 Views Tasted Oct 1, 2008
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.
4,775 Views Tasted Nov 15, 2007
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.
4,786 Views Tasted Feb 1, 2006
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!
4,936 Views Tasted Feb 20, 2005
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
4,921 Views Tasted Apr 25, 2004
|1989||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
At 30 years of age, this is a rock star Pauillac! It combines power, refinement, polished tannins, ripe, juicy, bright fruit, tobacco, cedar and cigar box notes that hit you with their full-force. The wine is rich and mouth-filling. The tannins are soft, polished and long, there is freshness and purity of fruit in the finish that hangs with you for close to 50 seconds. This could get a bit better, or not. So if your bottles are in great shape, drink it now and over the next 12-15 years for maximum enjoyment, before it begins its gentle decline.
3,022 Views Tasted Mar 10, 2019
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.
4,070 Views Tasted Apr 15, 2017
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.
4,140 Views Tasted Nov 26, 2016
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.
5,162 Views Tasted Jul 15, 2016
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.
5,574 Views Tasted Jul 26, 2014
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.
6,429 Views Tasted Jul 8, 2013
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.
7,998 Views Tasted May 7, 2012
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.
8,608 Views Tasted Mar 27, 2012
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
4,693 Views Tasted Oct 1, 2011
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
8,630 Views Tasted Dec 12, 2010
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.
4,820 Views Tasted Jun 18, 2009
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.
4,700 Views Tasted Feb 10, 2008
Firing on all cylinders. This concentrated wine was chocked full of ripe, rich Cabernet fruit. The long clean, pure finish remained with you.
4,729 Views Tasted Jun 15, 2006
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.
4,753 Views Tasted Mar 1, 2006
Still young, this larger-scaled wine offers layers of thick, ripe, black fruit, spices and cassis. Powerful and balanced.
4,640 Views Tasted Feb 27, 2006
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.
4,703 Views Tasted Dec 20, 2005
|1988||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
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.
3,730 Views Tasted Aug 13, 2015
|1986||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
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.
3,644 Views Tasted Apr 16, 2016
|1985||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
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.
2,970 Views Tasted Nov 12, 2017
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.
2,629 Views Tasted May 7, 2015
|1982||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
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.
2,332 Views Tasted Dec 16, 2017
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.
8,251 Views Tasted Jan 24, 2013
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.
6,255 Views Tasted Oct 28, 2012
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
8,508 Views Tasted Jun 29, 2010
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.
6,159 Views Tasted Nov 1, 2009
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
3,547 Views Tasted Jan 10, 2008
|1977||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
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.
2,506 Views Tasted Dec 14, 2015
|1967||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
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.
1,730 Views Tasted Apr 15, 2017
|1966||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
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.
3,372 Views Tasted Apr 15, 2017
|1961||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
It has been 6 years since I last tasted this wine, and it hasn't skipped a beat, or lost any of its charm. The bottle has great provenance. I bought it from the original purchaser and it shows. Full bodied, concentrated and deep, the perfume, with all its tobacco, smoke, cigar wrapper, cedar, coffee bean, forest floor, smoke and cassis grabs you and keeps you. The fruit carries through to the finish with bright, red berry, spicy, tobacco-infused note that sticks with you for close to 50 seconds. At close to 60 years of age, this is just sublime!
2,333 Views Tasted May 31, 2018
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!
3,928 Views Tasted Jan 2, 2012
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
2,631 Views Tasted Nov 12, 2006
|1959||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
What a treat! This stunner pops with a blend of tobacco, cigar wrapper, ash, cassis, cold steel, iron, smoke, cedar and wet forest floor notes. Supple textured with sweet, ripe, soft, red fruits, herbs and spice in the finish. The quality remained consistent for about 2 hours. It might have lasted longer, but we polished off the bottle by that point. The sunny quality of the growing season really shines through here.
2,493 Views Tasted Jun 5, 2018
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.
6,299 Views Tasted Dec 1, 2008
|1957||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
Medium/full bodied, with a bright, acidic, sweet and tart red fruit profile, the wine is medium bodied, with a peppery, cranberry and citrus leaning finish. You have to appreciate wine with a lot of freshness here, but I sort of liked it.
1,932 Views Tasted Jun 5, 2018
|1953||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
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.
1,908 Views Tasted Apr 15, 2017
|1952||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
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.
1,699 Views Tasted Apr 15, 2017
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.
3,010 Views Tasted May 8, 2014
|1950||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
This was outstanding. The smoky, tobacco, cedarwood, wet forest, herb, old leaf and cherry nose kept you busy. The palate was just as good, serving up layers of sweet, earthy red berries with a distinctive salty tone in the finish.
1,492 Views Tasted Oct 16, 2018
|1937||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
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?
2,975 Views Tasted Jul 8, 2013
|1900||Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (Pauillac)|
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.
4,158 Views Tasted Dec 7, 2009