In 1987 Pichon Baron was bought by AXA and under the guidance of Jean-Michel Cazes of LynchBages the Chateau was transformed. A remarkable new winery was built as well as new cellars whoseaesthetic quality has not been greatly appreciated by the neighbours, particularly Madame deLencquesaing. But most importantly the wines since 1998 have been outstanding. The 2001 wasdifficult to taste in March but there is no reason to believe that this wont develop into a typical Baron, rich in dark fruit with good tannic structure.
A very successful effort for this vintage in the Medoc, this deep ruby/purple-colored Pauillac exhibits class/nobility/breed along with black currant liqueur, licorice, and incense notes. Sweet, expansive, fleshy, and medium to full-bodied, with good structure, ripe tannin, and a long, 30-35 second finish, it can be drunk now, but will be even better in 2-3 years; it will last for 12-15 years. I had this wine three separate times out of bottle, and it is performing significantly better than it did from cask. Drink 2004-2019
Very, very deep crimson. Sweet, opulent mineral nose. Full, flattering, sweet, quite gentle. Low acidity. Slightly tired tannins, but very appealing. Drink 2007-2015
Fine deep, concentrated colour, rich, meaty tobacco-y nose, lots of concentrated cassis fruit, good ripeness and good definition. Quite a solid wine, good future and will become more and more complex.
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.
Pauillac, Red Bordeaux
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.