Decanted for 1.5 hours before first sip. floral scent rose blackcurrant cherry leather fruity and complex, balanced with smooth sweet silky tannins. This wine shows finnese and elegance in the same time.. sublime with a long finish.. Really-really good
Very dark red with a just a trace of lightening around the edge. Consumed over 4 hours, the Pichon Baron is still youthful, both visually and aromatically. Black raspberry liqueur, lead pencil, walnut oil and hints of spices are ever-present in this powerful, full-bodied Pauillac. With some time, subtle notes of leather and pipe tobacco can be discerned, but this bottle is still quite primary. Finishes very long, with big tannins that only subside about a minute later. While certainly pleasurable now, well-stored bottles will continue to improve for at least a decade, and I suspect will reward patience in spades. A strong contender for Pauillac of the vintage.
A Hedonistic Night of Burgs, Bordeaux, and CDP at Tilia (Tilia, Mpls): Very dark purple red color. I'm not sure whether this got some air or not, i was thinking about 2 hours. This was such a treat to drink next to the '89 Larose and offered quite the contrast. The Pichon Baron was fantastic, hedonistic, and amazingly youthful in its display of black currant, black raspberry, and blackberry fruits layered with a sweetness and graphite kick. The last bottle I had was corked so this was wonderful to have again - thanks Steve! The Larose by contrast was lighter and elegant and more mature. Both wines were splendid and ultimately, the PB may become even better over the next 10 years. I don't want to have to pick between the two, i'll just drink them both. The PB is easily a 50 year wine and one I will make a point to follow over the next 25 years! 95(+)pts.
Had this at Fortaleza do Guincho in Portugal for my birthday. We started with 96 DP Oenotheque and moved on to the 89 Baron. Stunning, there is no other way to describe it. Unfortunately or fortunately the sommelier and I know each other but he didn't realize I had confidence in him and he waited to open until we arrived. So our first taste was only after 30 minutes decanted. At that point it was starting to express dark fruit, balance, but some residual tannins and acidity. 15 minutes later in the glass this wine was singing and it held up over a 2.5 hour dinner. I'm neither sophisticated or knowledgeable enough to use all the winespeak everyone uses but I can speak this...one of the finest Bordeaux I have EVERY tasted and want to start my treasure hunt today for whatever is lurking in shops and cellars :-).
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(Château Pichon-Longueville Baron) Bright dark red violet color with clarity; beautiful ripe plum, black fruit, smoke and savory nose; very tasty, tart black fruit, charcoal, smoke and youthful palate; long finish
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