2008 Pichon Baron

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / PAUILLAC
  • 95 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • 88 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 56248-2008
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    A sleeper of the vintage, the 2008 Pichon Longueville Baron is one of the densest, most concentrated wines of Pauillac in 2008. An inky/purple color is followed by aromas and flavors of creme de cassis, blackberries, charcoal, coffee and licorice. Exceptionally full-bodied with velvety tannins and undeniable appeal, this gorgeous, well-proportioned, larger than life 2008 should age effortlessly for two decades or more. With the realistic pricing that remains for many 2008s, this is a no-brainer.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    Black licorice and blackberry aromas, with hints of spices. Full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a balanced finish. Refined and polished. Could use a little more midpalate.
    Author: James Suckling
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    Bright ruby-red. Black cherry, leather and strong graphite minerality on the nose. Silky, sweet and suave, with dark fruit flavors lifted by a violet element and given grip and definition by a strong mineral spine. Wonderfully deep, ripe Pauillac with strong early sexy appeal. Finishes very bright and long, with serious but sweet tannins. Deceptively approachable now, this wine is built for two decades of evolution in bottle.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 2011
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Rich, ripe and seems like an invitation to luxury. Full in the mouth, lots of juicy fresh fruit - plums, damsons and cassis. Lots of fruit but framed by a fine structure. (JH)
    Author: Julia Harding MW
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Dnadoc00
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2017-2027
    Author: Pinkel John
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Very silky smooth. Medium to full body, with the tannins fully softened. Plum, currants and a touch of spice. A little more elegant than your usual Pauillac.
    Author: Litig8tr
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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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 443 bottles owned
  • 61 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 61 collectors)