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2000 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac

SKU #1005662 98 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The best since the 1990, the 2000 Pichon-Longueville Baron is just now starting to shed some baby fat and develop additional complexity and layers. This still ruby/plum-colored beauty boasts a phenomenal nose of blackcurrants, tobacco leaf, lead pencil shavings, and new saddle leather. It’s deep, full-bodied, and sexy, with incredible amounts of texture and opulence that keeps you coming back to the glass. It makes a mockery of so many Bordeaux today that are made in a so-called elegant style yet lack the fat, richness, and density to ever hit this high a level. With low acidity, beautiful purity of fruit, sweet tannins, and a great finish, it’s in the early to middle range of its drink window (I love it today) and has another two decades of sensational drinking ahead. Readers wanting to know what truly great Bordeaux tastes like should open a bottle of this! Inner quote mark (3/2019)

95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A rich and spicy wine with lots of walnuts, dried berry and plum. Full and very savory. So much tobacco and sous bois. Roasted fruit too. Classic 2000. Inner quote mark (10/2016)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2000 Pichon-Baron has long been a great wine, after what in retrospect was a middling period during the 1990s. It retains a wonderful bouquet of blackberry, raspberry, mineral and pencil lead that is both intense and focused. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin. A masculine and slightly backward Pauillac, yet the arching structure is very impressive and there is a sense of solidity toward the dried-blood-tinged finish. This puts a marker down between what comes before and what comes after at this Second Growth. (NM) Inner quote mark (1/2019)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Good full red-ruby. Complex nose combines plum, mocha, minerals, tobacco and burnished oak. A bit tight on entry, then expands and explodes toward the back, showing dense, insinuating flavors of black fruits and licorice. Chewy, sharply delineated Pichon-Baron with excellent underlying backbone and broad, palate-coating tannins. An outstanding vintage for this estate. (ST) Inner quote mark (5/2003)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Rock-solid, with a block of currant, fig and blackberry paste notes forming the core, while youthful brambly-edged grip still holds sway throughout. Lots of enticing licorice root and sweet tobacco flavors wait in reserve, and there's nice lift from a light savory hint at the very end. Still has a ways to go. (JM, Web-2016) Inner quote mark

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Dark blackish ruby, more orange than the Pichon Lalande colour. Warm, integrated nose. Dense and beautifully balanced. Pure Pauillac without recourse to pastiche. Much riper than Pichon Lalande but not overripe. Already broachable but with potential too. Good stuff! 18/20 points (JR) Inner quote mark (3/2010)

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