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1989 Château Pichon Baron

  • 95 WA
  • 98 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • 88 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 56248-1989

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    ($165-$225) Impressive saturated ruby color. Pure, classic Pauillac aromas of black cherry, bitter chocolate, menthol and flowers. Very intensely flavored, precise and penetrating, with an extremely primary flavor of cassis. Almost magically light on its feet owing to its rather strong acidity. A very young, extremely long wine with great tensile strength. May yet merit a higher score with another six to eight years of bottle aging.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 2002
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    Both the 1989 and 1990 vintages exhibit opaque, dense purple colors that suggest massive wines of considerable extraction and richness. The dense, full-bodied 1989 is brilliantly made with huge, smoky, chocolatey, cassis aromas intermingled with scents of toasty oak. Well-layered, with a sweet inner-core of fruit, this awesomely endowed, backward, tannic, prodigious 1989 needs another 5-6 years of cellaring; it should last for three decades or more. It is unquestionably a great Pichon-Longueville-Baron.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 98

    Gorgeous aromas of currants, berries and minerals. Full-bodied, with juicy tannins and a long, long fininsh. Same as ever. This will age for decades to come. Wine Spectator's Wine of the Year in 1992. Super quality. '89/'90 Bordeaux non-blind horizontal.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Medium ruby garnet, quite deep and looking younger than its years. Sweet, almost creamy, dark fruit, seems more Merlot than Cabernet on the nose, whatever the makeup of the wine. Plus a touch of menthol freshness. But also has a delicacy and elegance within that sweetness. Still has a very fine-grained grip framing that depth of fruit. Very moreish. Not quite as fan-tailed as the L‚oville Las Cases, more power on the palate. Later: more meaty and plenty of coffee aroma. (JH)
    Author: Julia Harding MW
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Drink Dates: 1999-2020
    Author: afikes
  • Self | Rating: 87

    Author: Wang Chong
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: RWG III
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: jimc
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Tj R
  • Self | Rating:

    Cork 3/4 filled with wine, and clear seepage inside the capsule (none noticeable on the bottle). Clearly not as good as other bottles of this I've had, and it is possibly due to heat damage so i will pass on giving this a rating. Amlmost cough syrupy / medicinal, with very noticeable alcohol. Still some pretty dark cassis fruit and underbrush so you can see the underlying material is there. Too bad. NR
    Author: Jeff
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Dark purple with slight bricking at the edge. Sweet ripe red fruit on the palate. Medium finish. This is a classically structured Bordeaux drinking at it's peak now.
    Drink Dates: 2001-2013
    Author: Conrad K
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Deep opaque plum/ruby color no browning, beautiful nose of currant fig & plum, deep rich cab flavors, cedar, cigar wrapper, long finish, still youthful and firm tannins.
    Author: Mark.Zinner
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    Author: Sheky
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    Drank at Chez Spencer with Todd and Yoko Narter. Not a super memorable wine, but a solid one that should be served with food rather than on its own. Definitely does not hold a candle to the '89 comtesse. probably would not buy any more at $250. Can get some very good st. julien with the same age for 30% cheaper.
    Author: Byron G11
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Fruit is almost gone, drink up
    Drink Dates: 2009-2009
    Author: Jerry
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Fully mature and won't get better but plenty of time left. Remarkably smooth and still vibrant
    Drink Dates: 2020
    Author: Scooter
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Fully mature drink up
    Drink Dates: 2016-2020
    Author: Brock M
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Jet black in color; blackberries and plums on the nose; a bit of wood. All in all, good-to-great wine, drinking well now.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2012
    Author: Khamaj
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: marv
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Really good. Has plenty
    Author: Peter B
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Ridge component tasting with Brian & Brian. Tasted alongside '87 Mondavi Reserve. Just excellent.
    Author: Rutiger
  • Self | Rating: 88

    slightly disappointing; perhaps getting old; hints of lilac; unidimensional
    Drink Dates: 2005-2010
    Author: Serl Z
  • Self | Rating: 99

    This is what wine should be about. Decanted for 40-45 minutes. Strong aromatics of fruit still persist after 21 years. Near perfect balance. Medium bodied and long finish.
    Author: Adriel L
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Very classic and very Pauillac style...lot of lead pencil, red fruit, tannins somehow unresolved. Very classic that's it
    Drink Dates: 2003-2022
    Author: Jito72
  • Anonymous | Rating: 92

    Wine had a red amber hue as expected. After 20 years the tanins had mellowed and yet the wine was still robust and full of spice,chocolate and black cherry flavor yet subtle. A hint of tobacco and anise on the palate. Still a winner.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2013
    Author: Noel H
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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Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

White Bordeaux blends are most commonly composed of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc, and come in a range of dry and sweet styles. Sémillon contributes body while Sauvignon Blanc adds high acidity, a characteristic that is particularly important in the sweet wines of Bordeaux.

Sauternes is one of the world’s most prestigious regions for sweet wine production, made possible by Sémillon’s affinity for noble rot. Wines from world-renowned Château d’Yquem are fermented and matured in new oak for up to three years and can age for decades in bottle. These wines display complex aromas of melon, honey, apricot, citrus peel, mango, and butterscotch and develop added complexity and aromas with age.

The best dry wines from this blend come from producers such as Château Haut-Brion, Château Pape Clément, and Domaine de Chevalier in Pessac-Léognan and Graves. These wines are typically fermented and matured in new oak and display a full-bodied richness with concentrated nutty flavors overlaying the fruit.

Due to its freshness and flavor profile, dry white Bordeaux blends pair well with almost any white food, including all types of fish, poultry, veal, and pork. The sweet wines of Bordeaux pair well with foie gras, oysters, blue cheese, spicy food (particularly Asian cuisines), any dish with sweet notes, and of course, dessert.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 3376 bottles owned
  • 557 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 557 collectors)