2004 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac

SKU #1031982 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted at the London Pichon-Baron off-line. This is a great, great 2004 – a huge success for Christian Seely in a more challenging growing season than the ensuing one. A soaring blackberry, blueberry, cedar and wild strawberry nose with a touch of violets. Very fine tannins on the full-bodied palate, superb focus, elegant and feminine with a touch of burst toast and graphite on the finish. Great persistency. Quintessential Pauillac – at its finest. Drink 2012-2025. Tasted May 2009. (NM)  (5/2009)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 An intensely powerful, smooth wine, in a style that has an instant, sexy appeal. But it's not just surface glamour, there is a solid texture, layering the dusty tannins with rich black plums, red berries and vanilla.  (6/2007)

93 points Wine & Spirits

 The sleek texture of this wine is built on a confit of ripe fruit and satin-rich tannin. It's succulent, harmonious and potent, with berry-skin flavors. Rather than freshness, there's a green-herb and tart-cherry element that provides an edge to the flavor. A textural pleasure, and a grand wine to cellar ten years or more.  (10/2007)

92 points James Suckling

 Sweet tobacco and plums with just a hint of prunes. Fascinating nose. Full body with velvety tannins, tangy acidity and a fresh finish. Just right now. Savory and delicious.  (7/2013)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep ruby-red. Sexy, expressive nose melds currant, tobacco, coffee, mocha, leather and nutty oak. Rich, supple and sweet; a bit less dense than the 2006 but quite savory and enticing. This will evolve well in bottle but already offers considerable complexity. A great success for the year.  (6/2007)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Lots of currant, licorice and light tar aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, yet refined and silky on the palate, with a lightly chewy finish. Needs time. Best after 2010. (JS)  (3/2007)

Jancis Robinson

 Dark and lustrous. Round and fresh – a bit of Marmite (yeast extract). Lots of vigour...  (2/2014)

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/20/2008 | Send Email
This stood out as an absolute star of the vintage at two events last month. It is complex and complete, showing impeccable balance between fruit and mineral, power and finesse, depth and freshness and an overall symmetry that is remarkable. OUTSTANDING!

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


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- Pauillac is probably the most famous village in Bordeaux. Located between St. Julien and St. Estephe, it has more of the top ranked chateau than the other four appellations of the Haut Medoc. This area has three of the five premier cru classe wineries: Lafite Rothschild, Latour, and Mouton Rothschild. There are two of the top second-growths (Pichon Lalande and Pichon Baron) as well as several outstanding fourth and fifth-growth chateaux including Lynch Bages. Because of the gravely soils and great drainage, Pauillac has the ideal conditions to grow great Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines from this village are some of the longest-lived in Bordeaux.