1996 Pichon Baron 750ml

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1996 Pichon Baron
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International Wine Cellar | 90

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.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 84

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Wine Advocate | 91

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.

Drink Dates: 2006-2022
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 122

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Wine Spectator | 90

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.

Drink Dates: 2007+
Author: James Suckling
Issue: Web

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Score: 91
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/25/2014
Mature
Score: 93
Author: 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.
Score: 94
Author: Charles Funk
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 12/27/2011
Score: 93
Author: RickF
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 12/07/2011
Score: 92
Author: 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.
More Vintages and Sizes of Pichon Baron:

2003 (750ml)
2000 (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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