1995 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A stylish, elegant, more restrained style of Pichon Baron, with less obvious new oak than usual, this deep ruby/purple-colored wine offers a pure black currant-scented nose with subtle aromas of coffee and smoky toasty oak. In the mouth, the wine displays less weight and muscle than the 1996, but it offers suave, elegant, rich fruit presented in a medium to full-bodied, surprisingly lush style. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2016.
Blackberry, with violet and currant undertones. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long finish. A little tight still. Give it some time. This is layered and rich. Classy. A little better than I remember.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2008. (Web-2007)
Healthy crimson. There seems to be body and weight here on the nose but not that much flavour. Neat and well mannered with very resolved tannins. A very solid Pauillac if not the most soaring and inspired.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good red-ruby color. Black cherry, beefsteak tomato and licorice scents are currently dominated by nutty, cedary oak; less nuanced than the '96, even allowing for the bottling. Sweet entry, then good intensity of flavor, with the cassis fruit complicated by the nutty note. A bit four-square compared to the '96, yet not as dense or refined. Substantial tannins are in balance with the wine.
94 points Neil Martin: "Tasted at the London Pichon-Baron off-line. Tasted single blind, this has a deep garnet core. The nose has wonderful lift with blackberry, cassis, espresso and fireside hearth. Great definition although there is still just a little oak to be subsumed. The palate has very good weight and concentration, firm tannins, pure blackberry, kirsch and perhaps just a faint touch of VA that just lends the finish a sense of sensuality and decadence. Superb. Drink 2010-2025. Tasted May 2009." (Wine Journal, eRobertParker.com, 9/2009)