1998 Pichon Baron 750ml

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1998 Pichon Baron
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International Wine Cellar | 90

Red-ruby. Restrained, nuanced nose combines plum, currant, tobacco and dusty minerality. Intensely flavored, delineated and minerally, with red berry fruit complicated by tobacco and currant leaf. I might have picked this for a Graves. Finishes with tooth-coating tannins. A good showing today.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 96

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Wine Advocate | 90

A definitive Pauillac, the dense purple-colored 1998 Pichon-Baron offers up a sweet bouquet of licorice, smoke, asphalt, blackberries, and creme de cassis. In the mouth, the wine is elegant rather than full-blown, with medium body, sweet fruit, nice texture on the attack and mid-palate, and moderate tannin in the long finish. No, this is not as profound as the 1996, 1990 or 1989, but it is an outstanding effort.

Drink Dates: 2006-2020
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 134

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Score: 91
Author: kukie
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 07/18/2014
Drink Dates: 2006-2013
Decanted and consumed...nothing fantastic. Maybe my expectations were too high. The label is really fantastic, though.
Score: 94
Author: Charles Funk
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 12/18/2013
Purple in color. Medium rim variation. Medium legs. Acacia, Violet. Medium/Full bodied. Fleshy texture. Long finish. I was pleasantly surprised by this wine.
Score: 90
Author: Wang Chong
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 06/26/2013
Score:
Author: WinoGeorge
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 07/14/2012
Drink Dates: 2012-2016
http://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=2569 Drinking window: Drink between 2005 and 2019 (based on 19 user opinions)
Score: 88
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/01/2004
Drink Dates: 2008-2020
Closed up tight as a drum, the wine can only offer cherry fruit aromas at present. Unevolved on the palate with prominent tannins that may never completely resolve. 80% Cabernet and 20% Merlot.
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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