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Château Pichon-Longueville Baron Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac 2003
Other review:<br/>Tasted at the London Pichon-Baron off-line. Always one of the best 2003s, perhaps like Latour it beautifully marries Bordeaux austerity with the voluptuousness lent by the growing season. Lovely rounded black cherries, boysenberry and creme de cassis on the nose. The palate is full-bodied with sensuous, rounded tannins, lower acidity but still balanced, very pure with just a touch of graphite on the aftertaste. Delicious! Drink 2011-2025. <br/>Neal Martin - Wine Journal
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Chateau Pichon-Longueville is made from vines mainly situated on the historical terroir of the property. The wines produced are powerful, rich in tannins, and characterised for being both elegant and muscular. They have an exceptional length in the mouth, and possess a remarkable ageing potential.
This is a wonderful and affordable Pauillac. Unlike most Grand Crus, this wine is available and approachable. Notes of cherry, charcoal and translate. Need to drink after 2010.
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Good ruby-red color. Black cherry, beefsteak tomato and licorice scents are currently dominated by nutty, cedary oak; less nuanced than the '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 '96, yet not as dense or refined. Substantial tannins are in balance with the wine.
An opaque purple color and sweet, toasty, chocolatey, blackcurrant aromas are followed by a wine with outstanding richness, an impressive, fleshy, medium to full-bodied personality, and fine length. The 1995 is not as flamboyant as the remarkable 1990, or as concentrated as the massive 1989, but this is a beautifully made, outstanding wine that recalls the 1988 in its weight and texture. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2020.
The neighborhood around Latour provided some of the best Pauillac in 2001, Pichon-Baron yielding a beautiful richness of fruit. Beyond that itrsquo;s all black spice, though you can feel the musculature, the structure that will keep it toned for years. Pure Pauillac black currant cabernet is there at its core, and will probably be showing its best around two decades from the vintage.
Almost completely overshadowed by the '89, this '88 is a stunning Pauillac in its own right. Deeply scented, with a penetrating bouquet of ripe plums, cassis, black currant, vanilla and smoke, the wine's sheer opulence is matched only by its finesse. Massively rich fruit only gets better if the wine is allowed to breathe. Excellent tannic structure and an exuberant finish bode well for this wine's future, but try one soon.
Very distinctive, bursting with earthy, smoky berry flavors and notes of tar and mineral. The tannins are full and velvety. It delivers a lot, and has a long, firm finish. Almost outstanding.
I have never tasted a more compelling Pichon-Longueville-Baron. The huge aroma of roasted blackcurrants and spicy oak is followed by a wine that is packed to the brim with super-ripe, unctuous fruit. The acid is low, but the tannin level is extremely high, with the tannins much more noticeable than they were last spring. This is one of the most concentrated wines of the vintage, with a texture unlike anything I have ever experienced in Bordeaux... I adored it. Anticipated maturity: 1996-2000.
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.