The 2009 Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron Pauillac is a stellar Bordeaux wine that embodies power, opulence, and complexity. This red wine blend displays a deep, garnet color that hints at its maturity and concentration. The nose is captivating, with aromas of black fruits, such as blackberries and cassis, interwoven with notes of cedar, tobacco, and spices. On the palate, it reveals a full-bodied and velvety texture, supported by well-integrated tannins and a vibrant acidity. Flavors of dark berries, espresso, dark chocolate, and hints of graphite unfold harmoniously, leading to a long, lingering finish.
I loved the Grand Vin 2022 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron, which is based on 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot that will spend 18 months in 70% new oak. It's not the most showy or exuberant 2022, yet it shines for its incredible class and purity, as well as balance. It has a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated profile (no surprise) with its focused, precise, inward style that still brings gorgeous depth and richness. Cassis, graphite, espresso roast, crushed stone and spring flowers are just some of its nuances, and where many 2022s are broad and mouth-filling, this stays tight, compact, and focused, with a wonderful mix of elegance, concentration, and richness. The 2022 is pulled from 48% of the total production, and it's going to warrant 7-8 years of bottle age and have 50+ years of overall longevity
The 2022 Pichon Baron was picked 8 September to 3 October and matured in 70% new oak. It has wonderful precision on the nose, with intense blackberry and bilberry fruit, crushed stone and graphite. The oak is seamlessly integrated. The palate is tensile right from the start. Taut and linear, fresh, quite saline with a nuanced touch of black pepper toward the finish. Real pedigree and sophistication here, this is a magnificent Pichon-Baron that achieves a new level of precision thanks to the more piecemeal Sauternes-inspired harvest in tandem with their new winery.