2010 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Administrator Christian Seeley thinks the 2010 is the greatest Pichon Longueville Baron he has ever made, equaling some of the estate’s colossal wines from vintages such as 1989 and 1990. It was certainly showing well when I stopped by the chateau in January. Opaque purple, with loads of charcoal, licorice, incense and some exotic Asian spices along with abundant cassis liqueur, blackberry and hints of roasted coffee and spring flowers, it is full-bodied and opulent, with relatively high tannins, but they have sweetened up considerably and seem less aggressive than they did from barrel. The oak is clearly pushed to the background by the wine's wealth of fruit, glycerin and full-bodied texture. This sensational Pichon Longueville Baron needs 5-6 years of cellaring, and should keep 30+ years. (97+)
*Cellar Selection* This is quintessential Pauillac, a great wine with its Cabernet proudly at the fore. It ranks with the 2009 and, with its tannins, is sure to age longer than that vintage. Solidly structured, powerful and dense, with fruit promised for the future, it succeeds with its weight and great concentration.
A dense and layered wine with lots of ripe and sweet fruit. Loads of currants, plums and tar. This is concentrated and almost jammy with velvety tannins. Powerful. Chewy. Try in 2020.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good deep ruby-red. Ripe, exotic nose offers scents of dark berries, black cherry, graphite, peat, iron, flowers and chocolatey oak. Very ripe and impressively dense, showing compelling depth to its lush dark berry and graphite flavors. A sexy sugar/acid balance gives this sharply delineated wine very good early balance but its powerfully structured, very long finish suggests that it will be long-lived. Big tannins are wonderfully smooth for the vintage. 95(+?) points
Solidly built, with a roasted edge to the steeped fig, blackberry and black currant flavors, quickly followed by brambly tannins and notes of bay leaf and espresso. Stays dark and tarry through the finish, with superb drive and verve. Best from 2017 through 2030.
Cedary fragrance. Wonderful only-Bordeaux-can-do-this fresh finesse and restraint even though there's power and determination. Elegant, seems so fine boned even with plenty of tannin. Has restraint but incredible length.
Information from the Winery about the 2010 Vintage: "This vintage caused great excitement during production, as perfect weather made it a true revelation: conditions were cool but constant, leading to a late harvest and a successful aromatic expression which retained power and freshness. This vintage takes full advantage of the complexity of these superb Cabernet terroirs. Perfect end of the season weather did justice to this outstanding grape variety, revealing red and dark fruit followed by notes of liquorice, cocoa and rare spices. The dark colour reflects the abundance of tannins, which are refined and fresh, invigorating and ultra-powerful but still charming and well balanced. Exceptional length rounds off this wine’s superb expression." 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot.