The 2005 Pichon Baron has a dense ruby/purple color, sweet crème de cassis fruit, lots of cedar wood and forest floor, medium to full body, ripe tannin, and a long finish of a good 30+ seconds. This is a beauty and one of the most successful Pauillacs of this vintage. Drink it now through 2035. Drink 2015 - 2035.
|Score: 93||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (219), June 2015|
As usual, this superb Pauillac possesses an inky/blue/black color in addition to a big, sweet nose of graphite, charcoal, burning embers, black currant liqueur, and toasty vanillin from new oak casks. Full-bodied with high but sweet, well-integrated tannins, the 2005 Pichon Baron is more backward than the blockbuster 2003 or prodigious 2000. Nevertheless, it is a superb effort whose power, length, and tannic structure suggest it should be at its peak between 2015-2035.
|Score: 94||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008|
A deep blue/purple color is followed by classic, sweet aromas of blueberries, creme de cassis, graphite, incense, spring flowers, and toasty vanillin from new oak. With full body and beautiful ripeness, purity, and depth, this atypically precocious 2005 will benefit from 6-8 years of bottle age, and last for 25-30 years. It is dramatically superior to its across the road neighbor, Pichon Lalande.
|Score: 92/95||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007|
Yield of 35 hectoliters per hectare and a final blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc have produced a black/purple-colored 2005 boasting gorgeous intensity as well as sweet, classic creme de cassis notes interwoven with incense, camphor, and graphite. Powerful and full-bodied with abundant glycerin, high tannin, endearing freshness and sweetness, and a long, 45-second finish, this hefty (13.6% alcohol) Pauillac should be at its finest between 2012-2030+.
|Score: 92/95+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006|
The Château Pichon-Baron 2005 has a not dissimilar bouquet to the Pichon-Lalande with bright red and black fruit infused with cedar and violets, almost Margaux-like in character. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin: more masculine than Pichon-Lalande, you could almost say more rustic. Yet there is immense length and persistence here, real depth and vigour on the muscular finish. Yet I might just prefer the property over the road in this vintage. Drink 2020 - 2050
|Score: 94||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2015|
|Score: 94||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, February 2008|
Lovely blackberry and toasted oak character follows through to a full-bodied palate, with round and juicy tannins and a long, very fruity finish. Yummy. Not sure this is up to 2003, but clearly outstanding.
|Score: 92/94||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2006|
Dark crimson. A much more substantial nose than the Pichon Lalande. Polished and with fruit overwhelming the tannic charge. Rather racy and flattering. Very dry, savoury finish. 13.5%
|Score: 17.5+||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2015|
Very dark crimson. Bone dry mineralson the nose. Very rich and round and succulent. Pretty dramatic! Mineral sucking on a stone finish.Just a little dry on the finish,
|Score: 17.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2009|
Very deep crimson. Something oddly animal on the nose. Then fresh simple black fruit and very marked tannins. Not comfortable on the palate at the moment but there is a lot locked in there. One to watch - just a little note of alcohol on the finish. Something slightly diffuse about it. Drink 2016-24
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2006|
Dark red-ruby. Multidimensional nose offers deep aromas of currant, cedar, coffee, tobacco and minerals. The palate offers a rare combination of sweetness, energy and depth, with superb grip and a layered texture to the flavors of plum, cedar, tobacco and minerals. The finish features sweet, noble tannins and outstanding length. I find this more complete and ultimately more exciting than the 2003, but this will need at least a decade of cellaring. (The 2006 was in the middle of a racking and difficult to taste, but this wine conveyed the same impression of ripeness, energy and structure that my sample did last spring.)
|Score: 94+||Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, June 2008|
Black-red, marvellous expression of very ripe Cabernet Sauvignon, with quite a bit of lifted florality over the cassis, intense fruit restrained and polished by finely grained tannins. Drink 2012-40.
|Score: 18.5||Steven Spurrier, Decanter Magazine, April 2006|
Rich, seductive, spicy, exotic, masses of ripe fruits. Full and rich, quite smoky - but also with tremendous power. Richness and length. Drink from 2017. Awarded 5 stars.
|Score: 18.5+||Decanter Magazine, Decanter Magazine, July 2008|