1996 - Ch Pichon Baron 2ème Cru Pauillac
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Pichon-Longueville Baron
Region
Pauillac
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
Drinking
2006 - 2025
Case size
12x75cl
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1996 CH PICHON BARON 2ÈME CRU PAUILLAC - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Pichon-Longueville Baron
Region
Pauillac
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
Drinking
2006 - 2025
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £2,252.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • RP2

    Robert Parker, April 1997,
    Score: 88-90

    Chateau Longueville's 1996 is unevolved, but it does exhibit an impressively saturated dark ruby/purple color, and plenty of new oak, earth, and spice in its tightly-knit nose. The 1996 does not reveal the sweetness or flesh of such vintages as 1989 and 1990, but it offers good tannin, medium to full body, and fine purity and overall length. Very civilized for such a young wine, it will undoubtedly flesh out and exhibit more depth to its mid-palate. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2020.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, February 1998,
    Score: 88-90

    An impressive wine with enough potential to merit an outstanding score, but more tannic and austere than the 1995, the 1996 Pichon Baron reveals a dense ruby/purple color, and sweet cassis fruit and toasty new oak in the nose. The wine offers attractive chocolatey, cassis, and blackberry fruit in its finish, and appears to be fleshing out as it ages in cask. I expect this wine to be every bit as good as the 1995 with additional longevity. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2018.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 1999,
    Score: 91

    Pichon Longueville Baron's 1996 has turned out to be even better than I thought from cask. The high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend (about 80%) resulted in a wine that has put on weight in the bottle. An opaque purple color is accompanied by beautiful aromas of tobacco, new saddle leather, roasted coffee, and cassis. It is dense, medium to full-bodied, and backward, with moderately high tannin, but plenty of sweet fruit, glycerin, and extract to balance out the wine's structure. This well-endowed, classic Pauillac should be at its finest between 2006-2022.

  • CC

    Clive Coates, June 2001,
    Score: 16/20

    Medium-full colour. Rather a dull nose; hotand rubbery like the Lynch-Bages, with alack of freshness and style. Fullish body.Ripe and with reasonable grip on the palate.But it doesn't taste like Pauillac. Very goodthough. Drink 2006-2018

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Producer

Château Pichon-Longueville Baron

Along with Pichon Lalande, this estate was only one of two Pauillacs to be classified as a secondgrowth in 1855. They have rivalled each other ever since. However, Pichon Baron has remained inthe shadow of its more illustrious neighbour often enabling it to provide good value for money.

Region

Pauillac

Due south of St Estèphe lies the appellation of Pauillac, the king of Left Bank communes. It is home to three first growths as well as a plethora of other classified growths. Pauillac's renowned well-draining, gravelly soils enable its dominant grape Cabernet Sauvignon to reach fantastic heights of complexity and concentration. As a result, Pauilac's wines tend to be full-bodied with compact tannins and good freshness. Its aromatics are often what one associates with classic Bordeaux: pencil shavings, black currant and occasional mint. Some of the most famous châteaux of the commune are Latour, Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild, Pichon Baron, Pichon Lalande and Lynch Bages.