2008 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)
95 points Robert Parker: "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." (05/11) 94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Powerful, rich, firm and solid. The tannins are rounded and there is a noticeable amount of wood here, although the wine has preserved its fresh fruit at the same time. Very linear, the finish showing ripe plums and sweet fruit." (04/11) 91 points Wine Spectator: "This is solidly packed for the vintage, with dark currant, fig and graphite notes framed by bittersweet cocoa, espresso and iron. Still a touch chunky on the finish, but the structure is fine-grained and this should settle in nicely with modest cellaring. Best from 2013 through 2019." (04/11) K&L's notes - *½+ to ** 72% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Merlot. Deep color and red fruit aromas. Very precise and delineated. Sweet like 2001, but with broader shoulders. At UGC: More blackberry fruit showing today. Lush with good balance and still a bit tight at back end.