2009 - Ch Pichon Baron 2ème Cru Pauillac
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Pichon-Longueville Baron
Region
Pauillac
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
Drinking
2018 - 2040
Case size
12x75cl

2009 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
2018 - 2040
Case size
12x75cl

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH2

    Goedhuis, February 2019,
    Score: 17.5

    A wine with powerful dark berry fruit intensity. This is notable because of its ampleness of black fruits, whilst not losing site of its Pauillac origins, with power and weight. The tannins are polished and there is a lovely rewarding sweetness of fruit on the finish. A very striking wine indeed.

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2010,
    Score: 94-96

    Stunning dark chocolate and mocha aromas. In the mouth this is a wonderfully exuberant wine, with great richness of fruit and a lovely mouth feel, giving the wine volume and sweetness. This is a wine that will give a huge amount of pleasure with its gentle freshness and broad dark berry flavours.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, March 2019,
    Score: 96

    The 2009 Pichon-Baron replicates its epic performance at the vertical tasted last year. It has one of the finest bouquets among the group of Pauillac with copious blackberry, mint, melted tar and graphite notes, fresh and supremely well focused. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, very well judged acidity. Harmonious with plenty of tobacco and pencil lead infused black fruit towards the persistent finish. Awesome. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, February 2012,
    Score: 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.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2010,
    Score: 93-95

    An inky/blue/purple color is followed by aromas and flavors of incense, flowery black currants, and subtle smoke and oak. This full-bodied 2009, which exhibits wonderful intensity, purity, and length, is an exceptional effort, but in this vintage, it must take a back seat to some of its peers, such as Pichon Lalande, Pontet-Canet and Lynch-Bages, not to mention all the first-growths. Nevertheless, it is a beautiful wine that should drink well for 30+ years. Drink: 2010 - 2040

  • DC2

    Decanter, February 2019,
    Score: 98

    I remember during En primeur how exceptional this wine was, and so I was super-excited to try it after 10 years. It's definitely living up to its potential - Comtesse is a little silker perhaps, but this has the shoulders, backbone and power, without sacrificing generosity. It's excellent quality, with such depth and concentration that it's impossible not to love. Liquid Pauillac. Drink 2020-2044

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2010,
    Score: 18.5

    Black red, big, smoky rich and exotic nose, lots of depth, robust vineyard structure and powerful yet harmonious length, all vigourous potential. Drink 2017-35.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2010,
    Score: 18

    Very very dark crimson. Very mineral and grown up. Lovely lift and great, polished tannins. Very fresh and fine tannins with density and lift on the finish. Very sophisticated. Lots of mass. Remjnds me a little of their 1990, though the yields were very much lower in 2009. Very glossy and confident. Very sophisticated. 13.8%

  • WS

    Wine Spectator, April 2010,
    Score: 92-95

    Loads of currant and blackberry, with mineral and dried flowers. Full-bodied, with ultrafine, very long tannins. Really builds on the palate. A racy style, with excellent length.

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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.