Pichon Baron 2008

RegionBordeaux
SubregionPauillac
ColourRed
TypeStill


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Tasting Notes

A sleeper of the vintage, the 2008 Pichon Longueville Baron is one of the densest, most concentrated wines of Pauillac in 2008. An inky/purple color is followed by aromas and flavors of creme de cassis, blackberries, charcoal, coffee and licorice. Exceptionally full-bodied with velvety tannins and undeniable appeal, this gorgeous, well-proportioned, larger than life 2008 should age effortlessly for two decades or more. With the realistic pricing that remains for many 2008s, this is a no-brainer.

Score: 95Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011

Firm, but sweet tannins (which suggests ideal maturity) characterize this 2008. Displaying good minerality along with plenty of floral, creme de cassis, blackberry, coffee, and white chocolate notes, this full-bodied, dense, promising Pauillac is built to age for 20-25 years.

Score: 92/94Robert Parker, RobertParker.com (182), April 2009

The 2008 Pichon-Longueville Baron has a refined and focused bouquet with classic blackberry, mint and graphite aromas that gather momentum with aeration. The palate is beautifully balanced with pure black fruit, a fine bead of acidity, quite an intense finish with layers of graphite-infused black fruit that linger on and on. Wow. This is one of the most impressive Pauillac wines this vintage. If I were to rush out and buy one 2008 Bordeaux it may well be this. 2018 - 2045

Score: 96Neal Martin, vinous.com, February 2018

The 2008 Pichon-Longueville Baron has a refined and focused bouquet with classic blackberry, mint and graphite aromas that gather momentum with aeration. The palate is beautifully balanced with pure black fruit, a fine bead of acidity, quite an intense finish with layers of graphite-infused black fruit that linger on and on. Wow. This is one of the most impressive Pauillac wines this vintage. If I were to rush out and buy one 2008 Bordeaux it may well be this. Drink 2018-2045.

Score: 96Neal Martin, vinous.com, February 2018

Tasted ex-château and single blind in Southwold. "Oh baby baby" as Salt 'n Pepa declared back in the day: Pichon Baron is a real star of this vintage. It is a little introverted at first, tightly-wound dark berries, tar and graphite and a touch of autumnal leaves. The palate has a chewy entry, good acidity, firm grip with a dense persuasive finish that is First Growth standard. There is quite a bit of extraction here but it is beautifully focused and tensile. This is one of the finest Left Bank wines. Tasted January 2012.

Score: 96Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, January 2012

Just 52% of the total crop in the Grand Vin, which is a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon and 29% Merlot from the "historical" part of the vineyard cropped at 35hl/ha. This has a lovely, more restrained nose, blackberry, smoke, touch of cigar box, Very pure. The palate is medium-bodied, very cohesive and lithe, beautiful balance, Very fine tannins, less opulent than usual, conservative but there is a lot of breeding here. Not a powerful Pichon Baron, but there is an ethereal sense of harmony and focus. This is a tour de force Pichon Baron.

Score: 94/97Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2009

Another very dense dark crimson wine. Very high toned. Delicate palate attack – rather vivacious. Not concentrated and dances across the palate. Very racy. Rather silky. Very good balance and rather aristocratic. Though far from dense. Real lift on the end. Very dry finish. Nothing luscious about this! Drink 2018 - 2032.

Score: 18Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2012

Very vibrant blueish purple. Complete and neat. Low key but in the same idiom as Latour with 71% Cabernet Sauvignon. Tight and dry and not at all flashy. Serious stuff. May well develop into something really quite considerable.

Score: 17+Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2009

There are some rich flavours on the nose lots of powerful black fruits. The palate has depth ripe
feeling black fruits liquorice and dark chocolate. The fruit is sweet the mid palate fleshy and rich
and this powerful mix fills out the back palate. The tannins give support but are not too obvious. 2015-2030

Score: 93Derek Smedley MW, November 2012

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