2009 Chateau Pichon Baron (Case of Twelve OWC)

Year: 2009
Appellation: Pauillac
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 95
Wine Advocate: 98
Vinous Media: 96
Wine Enthusiast: 96
James Suckling: 94
Jeff Leve: 94
Red Wine
Price :
$2,400.00
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2012 WINE ENTHUSIAST TOP 100 CELLAR SELECTIONS: #71

"This delivers a massive core of black Mission fig, black currant paste and roasted fig fruit, backed by alder wood, bay leaf, singed cedar and maduro tobacco. The finish lets a racy iron note take over. Long and authoritative, with gorgeous acidity giving the balance for long-term cellaring. Best from 2013 through 2030." (WS)

"Revealing incredible quality and performing better than it did from barrel, the 2009 appears to be the greatest Pichon Longueville Baron since the 1990 and 1989. An amazing opaque blue/purple color is followed by scents of spring flowers, graphite, smoky charcoal, incense, blackberries, blueberries and hints of coffee and chocolate. Incredibly intense, pure and flawlessly constructed with extravagant layers of fruit and richness, this offering has developed beautifully under the management of Christian Seeley. It is a voluptuous, opulent Pichon Longueville Baron that may eclipse anything they have made in the past. This brilliant wine should be at its peak between 2018 and 2045." (WA)

"Saturated deep ruby-red. Pungent, brooding, very ripe aromas and flavors of cassis, blueberry, licorice, bitter chocolate, espresso and minerals, along with hints of spices and underbrush. Large-scaled, rich and deep, with superb chewy ripeness and terrific mineral lift. At once plush and powerful, boasting the texture of a first growth, with a near-perfect sugar/acid balance. The palate-staining finish features substantial ripe, chewy tannins and rising length. This should evolve gracefully in bottle for two or three decades." (IWC)

"Big ripe fruit, packed with classic blackcurrant flavors, topped with wood and sweet, juicy fruit tannins. An impressive, solid wine yet very elegant at the same time." (WE)

"Intense aromas of mint and blackcurrants. Very perfumed. Full bodied, with a green coffee bean, cream and dark berry. Muscular and firm. Try after 2018."(JS)

"Leading with smoke, tobacco, blackberry liqueur and gravelly scents, this full bodied, soft textured, black cherry and cassis filled wine ends with ripe sensation of fresh, blackberries and espresso bean. While this lacks the power and ripeness of the 2010, it has improved since it was first tasted in April 2010." (JL)

MY FAVORITE OF ALL THE 2009 GRAND CRUS IN THE UNDER $200 CATEGORY! $169.95 PARKER 98

From the first time I tasted this wine at a Santa Monica pre-release tasting, then in my 2009 wine tasting/dinner and at another gathering, I continue to find the single most outstanding 2009 Grand Cru (from either the right or left bank) selling for under $200 to be the PICHON-BARON. Parker gave it a well deserved 98, and I can easily seeing it matching many 2009’s he rated 100.

I agree full with Robert Parker’s following comments about this fabulous wine as he states: "Revealing incredi¬ble quality and performing better than it did from barrel, the 2009 appears to be the greatest Pichon Longueville Baron since the 1990 and 1989. An amazing opaque blue/purple color is followed by scents of spring flowers, graphite, smoky charcoal, incense, blackberries, blueberries and hints of coffee and chocolate. Incredibly intense, pure and flawlessly constructed with extrava¬gant layers of fruit and richness, this offering has devel¬oped beautifully under the management of Christian Seeley. It is a voluptuous, opulent Pichon Longueville Baron that may eclipse anything they have made in the past. This brilliant wine should be at its peak between 2018 and 2045."

WHERE: LOS ANGELES WINE CO.

MY RATING: 99

(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)