Red

1996 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • Pauillac
Drink between 2007 - 2022 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 323

  • Timbalimba wrote: 97 points

    June 4, 2019 - Wonderful wine at a wonderful occasion. Uncorked 24 hours prior to serving, gently introduced to fresh air and room temperature after 20+ years in my cellar. Starts off very quietly, slowly building confidence, hitting its stride after about an hour and two glasses down. It's beautifully sensually packaged, with deep blackcurrant fruit, vibrant aromas of violets, roses, cool wet earth, and the right amount of of secondary and some tertiary aspects of cigar box and cedar. There's also a red fruit note that I noticed recently in the '11, like wild raspberry, that provides testimony both to the terroir of the estate and the ability of Pauillac to churn out Cabernet aromatics like no other place on earth that I know of. It's just a beautiful wine--- remarkably fruity at this age, yet restrained, yet quietly flamboyant, combining fresh aromas with just the right amount of maturing flavours. A real treat and a privilege. Will keep

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  • DennisLim83 Likes this wine: 93 points

    May 29, 2019 - A good acidity, tannin, and weight, with blackberry, cassis, cocoa, and graphite. Great depth, and can see several more years with this

  • Tripowski Likes this wine: 92 points

    April 27, 2019 - Huge (and mouthwatering) aroma of cassis and sophisticated oak came off as I poured into the decanter, but this was the only point at which the wine showed much fruit influence, and that was a slight shame as it was promising great things at that point.

    That said, the wine did show beautifully, if in a somewhat restrained fashion: nose dominated by lead pencil, with some tobacco; slightly bitter (coffeebean?) in the mouth, with a hint of cassis but more savoury notes, such as tomato puree, to the fore. Long but slightly simple meaty finish. Good both with and without food as tannins are in a good spot now - elegant and drinkable.

  • Nutty08 Likes this wine: 94 points

    April 14, 2019 - This has improved since my last bottle 4hrs ago. Aromatics are where it’s at, with classic cigar box and mint notes. Palate is more dilute and lighter than expected, with red fruit profile that is mostly tertiary at this point. Lengthy finish. Typical flavor profile of the estate. Doesn’t have the power of the elite years but quite good.

  • ONEFIVE Likes this wine:

    February 24, 2019 - Bricking at the edge a bit here.
    Some dried fruit character coming through, cherry, cassis, and some cigar box/pencil shavings.
    Tense on the palate. Tannin, acidity and fruit are all a bit tight upon opening. This will likely unfold beautifully but the 1986 tasted beside it is really showing better. Obviously more integration, but the fruit on the 1986 is more pronounced as well fun tasting. Hold this for another few years and drink over the next 15.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1996
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Pichon-Longueville Baron
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation Pauillac
  • UPC Codes 0400009918854, 3258690087178, 3760020090128, 3760020090340, 616773325150, 649185968967, 764410090340

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 89 (1%)
  • In Cellars 4,328 (65%)
  • Consumed 2,231 (34%)

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