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Vertical tasting by Martin Barz - 2007


Pichon Longueville Baron, vertical tasting, by Martin Barz

Pichon Longueville Baron - Second Classified Growths, 2e Crus Classes, GCC, CC

2004 Pichon Longueville Baron 2003 Pichon Longueville Baron (1)
2003 Pichon Longueville Baron (2) 2002 Pichon Longueville Baron
2001 Pichon Longueville Baron 2000 Pichon Longueville Baron
1998 Pichon Longueville Baron 1996 Pichon Longueville Baron
1989 Pichon Longueville Baron

> 2004 Pichon Longueville Baron  

Pauillac  - Bordeaux - France

Of course, at this early stage very fruit-driven. Bombastic fruit bouquet!
Tannic, fruits with no end and quite unbalanced and shaky on the palate. As several german taster correctly stated, 2004 Baron reminds more of a young californian wine. I confess that I am not overly impressed by this wine at the moment.

Score: 89/100

> 2003 Pichon Longueville Baron (2)  Pauillac  - Bordeaux - France

Elegant cedar, cassis bouquet. Classic Pauillac body with a wonderful balance, terrific firm structure, fine fruit and pure elegance. Still a bit shy but this is no wonder at such a young age. I really liked this ´03 because of its aristocratic charisma.
Score: 91/100. Consider to start drinking in 3-4 years.

> 2003 Pichon Longueville Baron (1) 

Pauillac  - Bordeaux - France

2003 Pichon Longueville Baron was my first wine of the tasting and I am usually a little bit conservative on my scoring for the first wine. Yes, I should have added a "+" sign, as indeed 2003 Pichon Longueville Baron will probably be even greater in 5-8 years.
In general, this is a classic discussion topic: should one score the current showing of the bottle or rather try to assess its potential at maturity? Hopefully, the 2003s will age well so please send me an invitation for a 03 Pichon Baron tasting in 10 years and I will come and verify my predictions!

Score: 91

> 2002 Pichon Longueville Baron  Pauillac  - Bordeaux - France

WOW, terrific and such complex nose with notes of nougat, black fruits and a touch of portwine. What a length and depth! Almost hedonistic. 2002 Pichon Longueville Baron is simply delicious.
I recommend to buy a few cases. This wine didn't get the highest absolute score, but 2002 Pichon Baron was for my WOTN......Bravo!Score: 92-93/100


> 2001 Pichon Longueville Baron  

Pauillac  - Bordeaux - France

Moldy nose with a hint of prune. Bulky and broad fruit flavors. Intense fruit sweetness, but 2001 Pichon Baron lacks complexity and structure. Not a very great wine.

Score: 88/100

> 2000 Pichon Longueville Baron  Pauillac  - Bordeaux - France
Terrific bouquet. Unbelievably focused and precise texture. Everything is in place like its outstanding purity/ balance/ elegance/ structure/ complexity and polished tannins. 2000 Pichon Baron is a great wine!

Score: 94-95+/100

> 1998 Pichon Longueville Baron  

Pauillac  - Bordeaux - France.
Moldy nose. Nice to drink but not outstanding. A lot of acidity and rough tannins. This bottle of 1998 Pichon Baron finishs on mixed berry and green flavors.
Score: 89/100

> 1996 Pichon Longueville Baron  Pauillac  - Bordeaux - France

Flowery and feminine bouquet. Nicely maturing flavors of strawberry and raspberry. The 96´s are always nice to drink at the moment. But the ´96 Pichon Comtesse was definitely, much better. This 1996 Pichon Baron seems to lack a bit of finesse and power right now. Future will tell.

Score: 90/100


> 1989 Pichon Longueville Baron  

Pauillac  - Bordeaux - France

Tobacco, leather and chocolate. But bottom-line, disappointing! I'm getting cautious with the 1989 Baron as it recently showed quite poorly at two separate tastings in Germany. The famous german winemaker Mr. Weil who also attended to this tasting in Wiesbaden suggested that "maybe 1989 Pichon Baron wine had a sulfur problem which makes this wine unstable".

Score: NR

Pichon Longueville Baron, vertical tasting, by Martin Barz

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Martin Barz, BerlinKitchen, wine blogMartin Barz is living in Berlin/Germany and runs the blog "BerlinKitchen" which is dedicated to the fine wines and food of the world. He has a passion for german Riesling and Bordeaux.

On Saturday, 10th February, a Pichon Baron-Vertical organised by Panos Kakaviatos took place in Berlin. Jean René Matignon, the technical Director of Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron attended to the tasting.


Martin's previous tasting notes on 2003 Pichon Longueville Baron has been inserted to this article as a comparison purpose.


Please also see Martin's tasting notes on other vertical tastings of Chateau Pichon Comtesse de Lalande.


Vertical tasting Pichon Comtesse de Lalande


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