2003 Pichon Baron 1.5L

France - Bordeaux - Pauillac | Second Growth/ Red / Bordeaux Blend   |     Watch

WS 95   WA 94   IWC 93   Collector 96
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

Wow. This shows so much ripe fruit and berry character with just the right hint of lead pencil and spice. Full-bodied and very chewy. Big and powerful. Beautiful wine. Superb.

Drink Dates: 2012+
Author: James Suckling


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Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

A brilliant effort, this 2003 displays a vigorous, intact, deep blue/purple color as well as notes of scorched earth, barbecue spices, incense, creme de cassis and cedarwood. Long, lush, medium to full-bodied, round and generous, this opulent Pauillac can be drunk now and over the next 5-8 years.

Drink Dates: 2014-2022
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 214

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

($90-$95) Full ruby-red. Expressive aromas of redcurrant, mocha, tobacco, minerals, grilled meat and cigar box. Big, rich, lush and sweet; velvety but with excellent vinosity and snap. A wonderfully solid wine that finishes with huge but thoroughly ripe tannins and rising flavor. A major success in 2003, with the sheer density and richness to develop in bottle for two decades or more.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 96
Author: Daddy
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 12/14/2013
A very nice wine, with good berry fruit and hints of vanilla and spice. Quite well delineated, and a beautiful dark color in the glass. Still tight and quite young, with a long way to go.

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Rating: 96
Author: BORDEAUXLICIOUS
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 12/26/2014

Rating: 96
Author: dwdorman
Trust Rating: 98
Drink Dates: 2010-2016

Rating: 94
Author: Southbound Union
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 12/28/2014
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Average rating: 91, based on 7 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

213 bottles owned by 74 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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