1989 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac

SKU #950070 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Both the 1989 and 1990 vintages exhibit opaque, dense purple colors that suggest massive wines of considerable extraction and richness. The dense, full-bodied 1989 is brilliantly made with huge, smoky, chocolatey, cassis aromas intermingled with scents of toasty oak. Well-layered, with a sweet inner-core of fruit, this awesomely endowed, backward, tannic, prodigious 1989 needs another 5-6 years of cellaring; it should last for three decades or more. It is unquestionably a great Pichon-Longueville-Baron. (RP)  (2/1997)

95 points Wine Spectator

 What a nose here, from crushed mulberry to tanned leather to tar. Full-bodied, with big, velvety tannins that are soft and caressing, like cashmere. This is so tight and powerful still; it seems to be holding back. Be patient, because it will open with another five or six years of bottle age. Hard to wait. So why do it? (JS, Web-2010)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Impressive saturated ruby color. Pure, classic Pauillac aromas of black cherry, bitter chocolate, menthol and flowers. Very intensely flavored, precise and penetrating, with an extremely primary flavor of cassis. Almost magically light on its feet owing to its rather strong acidity. A very young, extremely long wine with great tensile strength. 94+ (ST)  (7/2002)

Jancis Robinson

 Stunning wine, one of the very best 1989s. Rich blackish crimson with a rich nose that is still very sweet and fragrant. But the wine is lovely and refreshing too. Almost minty and aromatic. This stands up well to comparison with the first growths. Bravo! 18.5/20 points  (5/2013)

K&L Notes

94 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "The Pichon-Baron ’89 has a lucid garnet core. The nose is very pure and well defined with small black cherries, blueberry, a touch of iodine, mint and a pastille quality coming through. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, a saline tang on the entry that I has not been as pronounced on previous bottles, very good acidity with a firm structure and youthful zeal that is irresistible. Wonderful harmony here. The ’89 is jousting with the ’90 for supremacy and on this performance, it may well be overtaking it. Superb. Drink now-2025. Tasted June 2010." (eRobertParker.com, 11/2010)

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