1990 Pichon Baron 750ml

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1990 Pichon Baron

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International Wine Cellar | 93+

($138-$155) Full medium ruby. Nose at once subtle and flamboyant, with slightly roasted aromas of currant, cedar, lead pencil and minerals. Large-scaled, sweet and rich, with utterly primary fruit suggesting a long future ahead of it. Tasted next to the '89, this was a much more massive and somewhat softer wine. Very long on the finish, with big but smooth tannins. Of more recent vintages, only the 2000 has a chance to be in the same quality class as the '90 and '89.

Drink Dates: 2004-2025
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 103

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Jancis Robinson | 18

Still very deep blackish ruby with lots of sediment. Very classic minerally/graphite Pauillac nose. Then wonderfully polished and pleasurable on the palate. Then throat warming afterwards. Tastes as though it's at its apogee. One of the sweeter and softer Pauillacs you are likely to encounter. Not a rough edge in sight. Impressively long.

Drink Dates: 2003-2023
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 97

A remarkable vintage for Pichon Longueville Baron, 1990 is one of this estate's two or three finest wines made in the last 40 years. Still inky/blue/purple-tinged to the rim, it reveals an extraordinary bouquet of charcoal, incense, creme de cassis, blue and black fruits, and a hint of licorice as well as an impressively long finish. While drinkable, its evolution is extremely slow, and I would not be surprised to see it last another two decades or more. Release price: ($390.00/case)

Drink Dates: 2009-2029
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 183

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Bordeaux Book(1998) | 96

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.

Drink Dates: 1997-2022
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 109

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Wine Spectator | 94

More tobacco and cedar character on the nose, with hints of ripe fruit. Full-bodied, yet fine and sophisticated, with elegant tannins and a long finish. This is always a top-quality red. '89/'90 Bordeaux non-blind horizontal. Drink now.

Drink Dates: 2005+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 97
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/25/2014
Early
Score: 94
Author: Anthony D526
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/16/2013
Drink Dates: 2004-2025
Consistent notes. Full dark ruby color w/slight amber edge; full nose of mainly red fruit, smoke, haberdashery, and some celery seed and green olive; similar flavors; firm backbone with noticeable tannins that have softened and integrated; well-structured yet feminine; med.-bodied, lush and moderately complex; nice long finish; ready but will hold for many years. Lovely.
Score: 95
Author: botro
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 04/28/2012
Drink Dates: 2000-2025
Dark color with a wisp of brick red at the edge. Traditional Bordeaux aromas with field flowers, wet earth and grass. Initial taste with velvet tannins, ripe berries and some dark fruit. An elegance that is smooth and traditional classic Bordeaux.

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Author: brooklynsantas
Trust Rating: 0
Tasted On: 06/12/2011
Drunk 6/11/11, try again in 3 years.

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Score: 94
Author: Serl Z
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 09/20/2010
Drink Dates: 2000-2018
delicious. drinking perfectly now.
More Vintages and Sizes of Pichon Baron:

2005 (750ml)
2003 (750ml)
2000 (750ml)
1989 (750ml)

About This Producer


Chateau Pichon Baron is a Second Growth classified Bordeaux estate located in the Pauillac appellation. In addition to producing a grand vin, Pichon Baron makes a second wine, Les Tourelles de Longueville.

The two estates Pichon Baron and Pichon Comtesse de Lalande were originally joined as one property in the 18th century, but its vineyards were divided among the Longueville heirs in 1850. In 1987 the French insurance company AXA purchased Pichon Baron and installed Jean-Michel Cazes as its director. More recently, Christian Seely took over the management role as of 2000. The property has seen much improvement over the last 20 years.

The 73 hectares of gravel vineyards are planted to 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. The grapes are harvested by hand and the wine is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks. Aging is done in French oak barrels for up to 18 months. Pichon Baron has a structured style that can be attributed to the large percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in its blend. Some of the best recent vintages include 2000, 2003 and 2005.

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