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 :-).
Magnum et bouchon en parfaite condition. Acheté en primeurs. Into neck. Passé en carafe 3 heures avant de déguster durant 2 heures. Grenat foncé avec nuances orangées. Nez sur des arômes de fruits noirs, de prunes, puis sur des arômes plus floraux. En bouche, le vin se présente avec une belle matière, beaucoup de corps, de la richesse. La trame acide est fine mais présente ce qui rend le vin très digeste. Il n'est pas le plus complexe mais offre beaucoup de plaisir. Les tanins sont totalement fondus dans une longue finale. À boire sur les 10 prochaines années.
See previous notes. This is absolutely ageless; the closest to perfect Baron ever, and that is saying a lot for such an illustrious chateau. An endless finish and still so much of a salient dark berry edge. Legendary. Drink now-.
This was a difficult wine to figure...very different than the '90 and '96 in the same flight. I felt this was a bit disjointed and paled in comparison to the '90. It did however have an extremely savory, sous bois component on the palate that I normally associate with burgundy. Quite a long finish.
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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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