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The 1990 Pichon-Longueville Baron has always been one of my benchmark wines, one that never ceases to perform. Now at 27 years of age, it is clearly at its peak, and what a wondrous thing it is. Now showing some bricking on the rim, the bouquet is utterly sublime, with red berries, cedar, touches of graphite, crushed rose petals and incense. You just want to become enveloped by these aromas. The palate is perfectly balanced, perhaps not as structured as it once showed since the tannins have mellowed, but what you get is a Pauillac relishing its secondary phase, which is almost Burgundy-like in terms of mouthfeel. Suffused with tension, it gains weight in the mouth toward the slightly tart finish. It is a Pichon Baron that only knows how to give sophisticated drinking pleasure. I once wrote that Pichon Baron is better than many 1990 First Growth, and that is a statement I have no reason to change. Tasted April 2017.
More tobacco and cedar character on the nose, with hints of ripe fruit. Full-bodied, yet fine and sophisticated, with elegant tannins and a long finish. This is always a top-quality red.
"Burgundy makes you think of silly things, Bordeaux makes you talk of them and Champagne makes you do them."
- Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
Hailing from Pauillac, this Bordeaux deuxieme growth is considered by Bordelaise aficionados to be a “super second”. It would be an understatement to say the wines are comparable to the First Growths, and the wines are as magical as the estate itself, with the Château boasting conical towers that are Sleeping Beauty-esque.
There are two wines produced, Château Longueville au Baron de Pichon-Longueville which is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon and Les Tourelles de Longueville which is more Merlot. The wines are masculine, brawny yet refined, opulent and full-bodied, and demand a minimum of a decade in the cellar for optimum enjoyment. Vintages to look out for are 1982, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2005.
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