2001 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac

SKU #1008868 95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Although in the shadow of the millennial vintage, 2001s can be just as good (and on the right bank arguably better). This has a very deep, unevolved colour. The nose has sweet, charming, berry fruit with mint, vanilla and a hint of tobacco. It's rich and svelte on the palate, concentrated and juicy with fine underlying tannins. There's an intense sucrosity but with no trace of jamminess. The very long aftertaste is silky with fine, lifted acidity. This is a stylish wine that's now beginning to show maturity. (SB) Inner quote mark (11/2017)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2001 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron is now fully mature yet in the mid to early stages of its drinking plateau. Based on 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc that checked in at healthy yields of 40 hectoliters per hectare, its ruby hue is followed by a beautiful perfume of blackcurrants, cedarwood, spice box, lead pencil shavings, and forest floor. This is quintessential Pauillac on the nose and classic, medium-bodied, and elegant on the palate, with terrific balance, a beautiful sense of elegance, silky tannins, and a great finish. It’s drinking at point for my palate and I don’t see any upside, yet it will certainly evolve gracefully for another two decades. Inner quote mark (2/2020)

93 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A very successful effort for this vintage in the Medoc, this deep ruby/purple-colored Pauillac exhibits class/nobility/breed along with black currant liqueur, licorice, and incense notes. Sweet, expansive, fleshy, and medium to full-bodied, with good structure, ripe tannin, and a long, 30-35 second finish. (RP) Inner quote mark (6/2004)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2001 Pichon Baron has less fruit intensity on the nose compared to the 2000, and more red fruit, laced with smoke and blood orange – traits that I have noted on previous bottles. Hints of dried blood emerge with time. The focused palate is medium-bodied with pliant tannins, fresh and quite minty. Graphite and a sprinkling of white pepper appear toward the finish. (NM) Inner quote mark (9/2021)

93 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark No tasting notes given. Inner quote mark (12/2004)

92 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is complex and beautiful now with liquorice and currant, with delicate sweet tobacco character on the nose and palate. Medium-to-full body with subtle, entrancing flavors and textures. So right now. Almost a soya undertone to the subtle fruit. A gorgeous claret at its peak. Inner quote mark (7/2013)

92 points Int'l Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Medium red-ruby. Complex nose melds currant, cedar, minerals and tobacco. Suave entry, then sweet, dense and supple, with harmonious acids giving lift to the wine's flavors. At once full and juicy. Finishes with very fine tannins and excellent length. (ST) Inner quote mark (6/2004)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Very dark crimson. A certain sweet evolution on the nose. Lovely polish and great weight plus freshness. Almost first-growth structure. Well done! Very complete and persistent. 18/20 points (JR) Inner quote mark (3/2012)

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