1995 Pichon Baron 750ml

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WA 90   IWC 89   WS 88   Collector 91
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

A stylish, elegant, more restrained style of Pichon Baron, with less obvious new oak than usual, this deep ruby/purple-colored wine offers a pure black currant-scented nose with subtle aromas of coffee and smoky toasty oak. In the mouth, the wine displays less weight and muscle than the 1996, but it offers suave, elegant, rich fruit presented in a medium to full-bodied, surprisingly lush style.

Drink Dates: 2001-2016
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 115

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

Good red-ruby color. Black cherry, beefsteak tomato and licorice scents are currently dominated by nutty, cedary oak; less nuanced than the '96, even allowing for the bottling. Sweet entry, then good intensity of flavor, with the cassis fruit complicated by the nutty note. A bit four-square compared to the '96, yet not as dense or refined. Substantial tannins are in balance with the wine.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 78

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

A balanced, early-drinking red. Beautiful blackberry and mineral aromas. Medium- to full-bodied, with fine tannins and a medium finish.

Drink Dates: 1999+
Author: James Suckling

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: Butch
Tasted On: 11/19/2007
Very complex wine with musky taste....well worth it.....

Rating: 93
Author: Anthony D526
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 09/02/2012
Drink Dates: 2004-2018
(from magnum) Dark rich ruby to mahogany red color; rich, almost exotic nose of black fruit, spice, haberdashery, and smoky meat; equally rich on the palate; complex and elegant; med.-full bodied; soft integrated tannins; lush yet with good backbone; fully mature & drinking extremely well now but should hold for several more years. Excellent.

Rating: 91
Author: StuTarheel
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/30/2014
Drink Dates: 2014-2020
Ripe blackberry, black cherry and red currant fruit. Nice spiciness to the fruit. Very soft and voluptuous. Sexier than the Lynch-Bages. Classic Bordeaux notes of chalk, leather and earth. Supple, lengthy finish. This was a crowd favorite.

Rating: 91
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 11/02/2005
(tasted several days ago): Classic excellent Bordeaux, and delicious with a hearty meal. Not a lot of nuance or mystery, but great to drink.

Rating: 89
Author: Tato
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 11/04/2011
Drink Dates: 2011-2012

Average rating: 88, based on 8 reviews
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2547 bottles owned by 654 collectors.

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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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Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend

Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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