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1996 Pichon Baron 750ml
1996 Pichon Baron
France - Bordeaux - Pauillac / Second Growth
Red / Bordeaux Blend
1996 Pichon Baron
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Professional Reviews

IWC
90

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 84

Good full ruby-red. Roasted plum, leather and smoked nuts on the nose. Silky and layered in the mouth. Sweet and suave, with a complicating mineral quality. Suggests solid extract but ultimately a wine of very good rather than outstanding intensity. Finishes with fine tannins and persistent, slow-building flavor. Fleshier and more pliant than the '98.

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WA
91

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 122

Pichon Longueville Baron's 1996 has turned out to be even better than I thought from cask. The high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend (about 80%) resulted in a wine that has put on weight in the bottle. An opaque purple color is accompanied by beautiful aromas of tobacco, new saddle leather, roasted coffee, and cassis. It is dense, medium to full-bodied, and backward, with moderately high tannin, but plenty of sweet fruit, glycerin, and extract to balance out the wine's structure. This well-endowed, classic Pauillac should be at its finest between 2006-2022.

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WS
90

Wine Spectator Author: James Suckling Issue: Web

Gorgeous aromas of crushed blackberries, currant and citrus fruit. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a fruity, herbal aftertaste. A little hollow on the midpalate. Ready to go.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Drink now. 25,000 cases made.

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Community Reviews

91

marv Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 06/25/2014

Mature

93

Anthony D526 Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 09/23/2013 Drink Dates: 2006-2020

Consistent notes. Dark ruby to mahogany color with amber edge; rich, complex and elegant on the nose and palate; black fruit, leather and haberdashery notes with a nice minerality and silky tannins; lovely persistent finish. Benefitted from an hour's decanting. Long life ahead.

94

Charles Funk Trust Rating: 92 Tasted On: 12/27/2011

93

RickF Trust Rating: 94 Tasted On: 12/07/2011

92

againc Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 09/11/2011

Tasted side-by-side with 1996 Mouton. It was a tough competition. There were people who like it better than Mouton, but not me. It is very harsh yet and requires patience for at least 5 more years.

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