1999 Pichon Baron

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / PAUILLAC
abv 13.0%
  • 89 WA
  • 91 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • 83 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 56248-1999-750-2A
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Dark crimson. Lots of development. Rich and a little brutal compared with Pichon Lalande. Every sinew is strained but the result is perhaps not quite as beguiling. Very dry tannins despite all the evolution apparent at the rim.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    Dark ruby-red, a bit pale at the rim. Evolving aromas of currant, tobacco, cigar box, mocha and earth. Sweet, lush and rich; in a distinctly easygoing style, thanks to the very ripe merlot, which comprises 37% of the blend. Not as structured as the 2000 or 2001 but has no shortage of density or personality. Shows the classic mineral and tobacco notes of this Pauillac. Finishes with smooth tannins and very good length.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2002
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    Slightly earthy, featuring tobacco, cigar box and dark fruits. Full-bodied, offering supervelvety tannins and a long, rich finish. Plenty of subtle things are going on here in the glass, with lots of wonderful fruit underneath. Can't wait on this. Showing beautifully now. Better than ever.-'89/'99 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2009). Drink now.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 89

    The dark ruby/purple-colored Pichon Longueville Baron reveals aromas of charcoal, black currants, and sweet toasty oak. This low acid, medium-bodied, charming, lush 1999 possesses good stuffing, ripe tannin, and a moderately long finish. Enjoy it now as well as over the next 10-12 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: Segla
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Speakman57
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: WIFE
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    Drink Dates: 2005-2015
    Author: Boutros
  • Self | Rating: 86

    Consumed over 1 hours. Very satisfying. Classic aromas and flavors; but not expressive. Clean to a fault; pure and fresh. Finesse. Back-to-back - I preferred the '99 Poyferre. But this Baron is great. Not too much weight, so drink sooner than later. Has the balanced structure to cellar for a while, but don't wait too long. It's not going to get any better
    Drink Dates: 2004-2016
    Author: Butler wan
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Great concentration and structure, very full body...looks more as the 2000 than a 2001! This going to be very good soon meanwhile decanting 1-2 hrs
    Drink Dates: 2011-2021
    Author: Jito72
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Well balanced wine that was very easy to drink.
    Author: The Hawk
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.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 608 bottles owned
  • 148 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 148 collectors)