2005 Pichon Baron 750ml

France - Bordeaux - Pauillac | Second Growth/ Red / Bordeaux Blend
2005 Pichon Baron
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International Wine Cellar | 94(+?)

($150-$215) Dark red-ruby. Multidimensional nose offers deep aromas of currant, cedar, coffee, tobacco and minerals. The palate offers a rare combination of sweetness, energy and depth, with superb grip and a layered texture to the flavors of plum, cedar, tobacco and minerals. The finish features sweet, noble tannins and outstanding length. I find this more complete and ultimately more exciting than the 2003, but this will need at least a decade of cellaring. (The 2006 was in the middle of a racking and difficult to taste, but this wine conveyed the same impression of ripeness, energy and structure that my sample did last spring.)

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Jancis Robinson | 17.5

Very dark and luscious looking. Exciting and slightly burnt. Thick and sweet and a bit medicinal. Flowers and sweetness. Hints of camphor. Hasn't closed down as many other people say their 05s have. A little less luscious and a little bit denser and drier than the 2009.

Drink Dates: 2013-2025
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 94

As usual, this superb Pauillac possesses an inky/blue/black color in addition to a big, sweet nose of graphite, charcoal, burning embers, black currant liqueur, and toasty vanillin from new oak casks. Full-bodied with high but sweet, well-integrated tannins, the 2005 Pichon Baron is more backward than the blockbuster 2003 or prodigious 2000. Nevertheless, it is a superb effort whose power, length, and tannic structure suggest it should be at its peak between 2015-2035.

Drink Dates: 2015-2035
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 176

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Wine Spectator | 94

Offers crushed currant and blackberry on the nose, turning to tar and licorice. Full-bodied, with a solid core of ripe fruit and seamless tannins. Goes on and on. Very, very beautiful. A cross between the 2000 and fabulous 2003.

Drink Dates: 2008-2013
Author: James Suckling


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Drink Dates: 2014-2030
Author: Vinfolio Team


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Score: 93
Author: Tato
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/26/2013
Drink Dates: 2014-2025
Very dark and inky, almond and black fruit nose. Vanilla and wood taste as well as blackcurrant jam. Yummy.
Score: 94
Author: wherchel
Trust Rating: 89
Tasted On: 08/17/2011
Drink Dates: 2015-2035
Score: 94
Author: gd10102
Trust Rating: 81
Tasted On: 09/30/2009
Score: 88
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 07/22/2009
initially too closed and forceful tannin. eventually opened up to reveal very subtle berry and oak. not complex enough for my liking at this point.

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Score: 92
Author: Daniel F397
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/18/2008
Closed nose at this juncture, but deep, dark fruit showed through on the palate with warm, soft tannins and great depth.

2 of 2 people found this review useful.

More Vintages and Sizes of Pichon Baron:

2003 (750ml)
2000 (750ml)
1996 (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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