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If it were not for the ferocious tannin that compresses its personality and gives it a certain leanness, this 1998 would have merited a higher rati... Read more
Dark ruby-red, a bit at the rim. Evolving aromas of currant, tobacco, cigar box, mocha and earth. Sweet, lush and rich; in a distinctly easygoing s... Read more
Red-ruby. Restrained, nuanced nose combines plum, tobacco and dusty minerality. Intensely flavored, delineated and minerally, with red berry fruit ... Read more
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If it were not for the ferocious tannin that compresses its personality and gives it a certain leanness, this 1998 would have merited a higher rating. Other than the questionable tannin level, it is a well-made, dark purple-colored wine with aromas and flavors of cassis and toasty new oak. Medium to full-bodied and muscular, but backward, tight, and abrupt, this should turn out to be a very good to excellent effort, but the tannin level is worrisome. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2017.
Dark ruby-red, a bit at the rim. Evolving aromas of currant, tobacco, cigar box, mocha and earth. Sweet, lush and rich; in a distinctly easygoing style, thanks to the very ripe merlot, which comprises 37% of the blend. Not as structured as the 2000 or 2001 but has no shortage of density or personality. Shows the classic mineral and tobacco notes of this Pauillac. Finishes with smooth tannins and very good length.
Red-ruby. Restrained, nuanced nose combines plum, tobacco and dusty minerality. Intensely flavored, delineated and minerally, with red berry fruit complicated by tobacco and currant leaf. I might have picked this for a Graves. Finishes with tooth-coating tannins. A good showing today.
hellip;itrsquo;s a friendly wine with lovely cassis and berry aromas and flavors, medium body and a light fruity finish. Drink now.
Full ruby-red. Expressive aromas of redcurrant, mocha, tobacco, minerals, grilled meat and cigar box. Big, rich, lush and sweet; velvety but with excellent vinosity and snap. A wonderfully solid wine that finishes with huge but thoroughly ripe tannins and rising flavor. A major success in 2003, with the sheer density and richness to develop in bottle for two decades or more.
Good ruby-red color. Black cherry, beefsteak tomato and licorice scents are currently dominated by nutty, cedary oak; less nuanced than the rsquo;96, even allowing for the bottling. Sweet entry, then good intensity of flavor, with the cassis fruit complicated by the nutty note. A bit four-square compared to the rsquo;96, yet not as dense or refined. Substantial tannins are in balance with the wine.
A definitive Pauillac, the dense purple-colored 1998 Pichon-Baron offers up a sweet bouquet of licorice, smoke, asphalt, blackberries, and creme de cassis. In the mouth, the wine is elegant rather than full-blown, with medium body, sweet fruit, nice texture on the attack and mid-palate, and moderate tannin in the long finish. No, this is not as profound as the 1996, 1990, or 1989, but it is an outstanding effort. Anticipated maturity: 2006–2020.
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