Leiden End of the Winter Tasting: Sultry nose, full with cassis and dark fruit, sweet, pleasant. Taste: lovely maturating Bordeaux, dark fruit, still some tannins but round and integrated, long finish.
One of the best bordaux noses in a very long time. Splendid fruit in the core, cranaberries maybe?, not black but rather blue fruit. Close to full bodied. I would probably have guessed St Estephe. Tannic, but very enjoyable. Maybe 94 with a few more years? Pnp.
This had 3 hours of slow ox before lunch. Dark and tart fruits, and a palate that was far less masculine and powerful than I expected. Probably needs either more air or plenty of aging for some of the subtleties of the wine to open up.
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(Chateau Pichon-Baron Pauillac) Slightly denser than Pichon-Lalande in this vintage, a touch more spice and a touch more fruit intensity on the nose. Full, elegant, creamy style on the palate, ripe with well composed tannins. A good vinosity and fine structure in the mouth, a touch masculine, with a dry structure beneath it all. It has a nutty, slightly raw finish but this should come together with time. Good length too. This has great potential for the cellar.
(Château Pichon-Longueville Baron) 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc. Dark, but slightly lighter in color than the 2005. Lifted, fruit-driven, fresh cassis aromas. Midweight, fresh, and balanced, with a mineral backbone. This elegant wine has lovely, sweet fruit, without the power of the 2005. Enormously appealing. Drink in six to 15 years. Winery Spotlight: Château Pichon-Longueville
(Château Pichon-Longueville Baron) Classic second-growth Pauillac from an undervalued vintage. About 75% high-end Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in mostly new French oak. Still a little tight, but already complex. A great choice for cellaring that will only increase in value. Hot Picks
(CHATEAU PICHON BARON) #2; COLOR-dark; NOSE-beautiful; red & black fruits (dark cherries, cassis, black blueberries & blackberries); very dark; mocha/chocolate; subtle creaminess; TASTE-Delicious; huge attack of flavor; intense "all fruit" jam components, but not like fruit bombs that are driven by sugar; really rounded edges are vegetal while the fruit is so intense; the silkiness and polish is exceptional; A "DoubleBubble" (big boy that can last for 15 years easy, but still approachable now); exceptionally good; destroys 90% of Napa Cabs at this price point; RP-93; GV-93
(Château Pichon-Longueville Baron) Dark cherry red color; nice, deep, focused berry and vanillin oak with coffee note on nose; tasty, coffee, caramel and tart cherry palate with dusty tannins; medium finish 90+ pts.
(Chateau Pichon-Baron Pauillac) This is immediately expressive and exotic, and impresses from the very beginning. It has a nose full of spice and fruit, a very full style, fresh, with lovely acidity, and a nicely delineated style. Plump but with the necessary grip beneath. Ripe but tightly framed, this delivers a wonderful sensation. Very fine, and a higher score this time I note.
(Chateau Pichon-Baron Pauillac) A newly opened bottle, reserved nose, a little brooding perhaps, but when the fruit emerges it shows a paradoxical, vibrant freshness. Very nicely balanced on the palate; a firmer structure, more muted than the other Pichon, more traditionally styled perhaps. Good acid structure, crisp and fresh, the tannins only rounding on the finish. This will be fine in the cellar.
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