2002 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac
*Two Stars* A little more volume and a bit more layering make this one our pick of the present bunch. It is sturdy without being heavy or coarse, and it is enlivened by acid without being too firm. Its wonderfully proportioned mix of deep and expansive curranty fruit, dark chocolate, cola and seamlessly fit oak are the stuff of classic Pauillac, and there are no caveats or apologies as to vintage needed here. If so rich and carefully balanced as to offer plenty to like even now, the wine has the stamina and structure grow only better and better with time.
*Highly Recommended* Dense aromas of licorice, tobacco, cedar and currants. Subtle yet complex. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a rich, long finish. Very pretty. One of the best from Pauillac this year, and clearly better than 2001. One of the surprises of the vintage. (JS)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good ruby-red. Complex nose melds blackcurrant, minerals, graphite, tobacco and licorice. Densely packed and youthfully closed, but also lush and generous, with sweet flavors of currant, tobacco, earth and spices shaped by firm acids. As sweet as this is, it's also very firmly structured and serious. Offers outstanding palate coverage on the back.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Neal Martin's Wine Journal: Tasted blind at Farr’s 2002 Bordeaux tasting. Very good definition on the nose: blackberry, melted tar, cedar-wood and a touch of smoke. The palate is ripe with solid tannins, a touch of austerity lending it a masculine persona, backward towards the finish with notes of blackberry leaf and pencil lead. Good length but a little aloof at the moment. Tasted October 2009. (NM)
Very dark crimson. Fragrant. Sweet and round and more lifted than most, even if the guy ropes resolutely refuse to be cut. Attractive freshness on the finish and more ambitious than most.