2006 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac
Beautifully ripe Cabernet dominates this dense, complex wine. It is balanced so finely, as if on the point of a pin, with black currant juice freshness set against dark tannins and powerful structure. A wine to age, and one of the successes of 2006.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Closed but promising, this is a tannic, masculine style of wine in 2006, with an inky bluish/purple color as well as aromas of incense, charcoal, smoked meats, and the classic creme de cassis that one finds in the top Pauillacs.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Full ruby-red. Pungent, high-pitched aromas of blackberry, cassis, minerals, bitter chocolate and mocha. Suave, fine-grained and densely packed, with lovely violet lift to its concentrated dark fruit and mineral flavors. Juicy acidity and serious building tannins give this very young wine terrific backbone for aging. Really spreads out to saturate the palate. 92(+?)
There's an excellent dark color to this, with blowsy, rich aromas of crushed blackberry and currant. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long finish. The center palate will fill in with time. This has lovely balance. Best after 2014.
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc. 56% of the production went into the grand vin (just about average) from the same terroirs every year. Thick and dense colour. Scented, sleek, dry, compact. Bit of mulberry. Very high IPT at 83 but it doesn’t taste like it. Masses of inky stuff but pretty mellow too – fine and silky texture. Well done because there is freshness too. Very slightly dry on the finish – certainly not voluptuous but actually quite supple. No greenness. (17.5++/20 score)
70% cabernet sauvignon, 28% merlot, 2% cabernet franc. Much more cabernet in the blend than in 2005. At the property-blackish color and pretty nose of spice and some rose petal. Ripe and fat on the palate with mineral undertones. Good structure and nice mouth feel. Tannins are balanced. Very nice. *1/2+ RS: Great sweetness, good depth and roundness all in good, strong harmony. Traditional firm finish.