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Other review: Tasted at the London Pichon-Baron off-line. Always one of the best 2003s, perhaps like Latour it beauti...Read more...
Deep purple-ruby. Medium-pronounced nose of dark fruit, cream, cassis. Dry, medium acid and tannin, medium body. Cassis, oak, liquorice, cream. Read more
Needs to be decanted for atleast one hour to open the wine up. Have had this wine on several occassions and is a very smooth and fruity wine. Read more
This is a wonderful and affordable Pauillac. Unlike most Grand Crus, this wine is available and approachable. Notes of cherry, charcoal and tran... Read more
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Deep purple-ruby. Medium-pronounced nose of dark fruit, cream, cassis. Dry, medium acid and tannin, medium body. Cassis, oak, liquorice, cream.
Needs to be decanted for atleast one hour to open the wine up. Have had this wine on several occassions and is a very smooth and fruity wine.
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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One of the finest values in top-class Bordeaux has been the 1990 Pichon-Longueville-Baron. Until 3-4 months ago, the wine could have been purchased for under $400 a case, but that seems to have changed as the results of numerous tastings have pushed the price upward. I originally gave a one point preference to the 1989, and I am still convinced that ultimately that wine will last longer and hit a higher peak of pleasure than the 1990, but, wow, the 1990 is showing great. Both the 1989 and 1990 vintages exhibit opaque, dense purple colors that suggest massive wines of considerable extraction and richness. The 1990 Pichon-Longueville-Baron exhibits more of the roasted overripeness of this vintage, but it manages to keep everything in perspective. The wine is opulent and flamboyant, with lower acidity, and noticeably less tannin than the 1989. It is equally concentrated, with a more evolved nose of cedar, black fruits, earth, minerals, and spices. On the palate, the wine offers sensational quantities of jammy fruit, glycerin, wood, and sweet tannin. It is far more fun to taste and drink (more hedonistic perhaps?) than the more structured, backward, yet exceptional 1989. Ideally, readers should have both vintages in their cellars. The 1990 can be drunk now as well as over the next 25+ years.
Dark-colored, with floral and lanolin aromas with hints of fruit. Full-bodied, with chunky tannins and a long finish. A bit short and austere. Needs bottle age to show its full potential. Best after 2007.
Good full red-ruby. Complex nose combines plum, mocha, minerals, tobacco and burnished oak. A bit tight on entry, then expands and explodes toward the back, showing dense, insinuating flavors of black fruits and licorice. Chewy, sharply delineated Pichon-Baron with excellent underlying backbone and broad, palate-coating tannins. An outstanding vintage for this estate.
Lovely aromas of toasted oak, berries and currants with a hint of mint. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a delicate, fruity aftertaste. Very good. Best after 2004.
A spectacular effort, this is a profound Pichon Baron and clearly my favorite vintage of this wine since the 1989 and 1990. An inky purple color offers up notes of barbecue spices intermixed with new saddle leather, creme de cassis, melted licorice, creosote, and a hint of vanilla. The wine is full-bodied, tremendously concentrated, with sweet tannin and a seamless finish that goes on for close to one minute. This wine has great purity, tremendous texture, and fabulous upside potential. This is a prodigious 2000! Anticipated maturity: 2008-2028.
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.
A very successful effort for this vintage in the Medoc, this deep ruby/purple-colored Pauillac exhibits class/nobility/breed along with black currant liqueur, licorice, and incense notes. Sweet, expansive, fleshy, and medium to full-bodied, with good structure, ripe tannin, and a long, 30-35 second finish, it can be drunk now, but will be even better in 2-3 years; it will last for 12-15 years. I had this wine three separate times out of bottle, and it is performing significantly better than it did from cask.
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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