2009 Pichon Baron

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / PAUILLAC
  • 98 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 96 IWC
  • 88 JR
  • 97 JS
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 56248-2009-750-1A
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 97

    Amazing aromas of ripe currants and plums with flowers. Full body, with super fine tannins and wonderful fruit. It is energized. Reminds me of the 1990 PB, which is a legend. Try after 2020.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Blackish crimson. Scented with some putty notes. Lots of chewy mineral notes. But enough fruit too. Definitely playing the mineral card! Nothing lush about this.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    Revealing incredible quality and performing better than it did from barrel, the 2009 appears to be the greatest Pichon Longueville Baron since the 1990 and 1989. An amazing opaque blue/purple color is followed by scents of spring flowers, graphite, smoky charcoal, incense, blackberries, blueberries and hints of coffee and chocolate. Incredibly intense, pure and flawlessly constructed with extravagant layers of fruit and richness, this offering has developed beautifully under the management of Christian Seeley. It is a voluptuous, opulent Pichon Longueville Baron that may eclipse anything they have made in the past. This brilliant wine should be at its peak between 2018 and 2045.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96

    Saturated deep ruby-red. Pungent, brooding, very ripe aromas and flavors of cassis, blueberry, licorice, bitter chocolate, espresso and minerals, along with hints of spices and underbrush. Large-scaled, rich and deep, with superb chewy ripeness and terrific mineral lift. At once plush and powerful, boasting the texture of a first growth, with a near-perfect sugar/acid balance. The palate-staining finish features substantial ripe, chewy tannins and rising length. This should evolve gracefully in bottle for two or three decades.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 2012
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    This delivers a massive core of black Mission fig, black currant paste and roasted fig fruit, backed by alder wood, bay leaf, singed cedar and maduro tobacco. The finish lets a racy iron note take over. Long and authoritative, with gorgeous acidity giving the balance for long-term cellaring.
    Author: James Molesworth
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2019-2033
    Author: Pinkel John
  • Self | Rating: 88

    94-95 Wait 1 year
    Author: winecellar
  • Self | Rating: 98

    This is one of the best wines I have ever tasted. The nose lifts a hint of the dark fruits to come and just a touch of vanilla. It really explodes on the palate on the first taste. Everything is in balance: the cassis; the blackberries; the toast; and the hint of pepper on the long, long finish. The tannins are just ripe right now too.
    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

  • 1429 bottles owned
  • 144 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 144 collectors)