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2010 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac

SKU #1133224 99 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Borderline perfection in a bottle, the 2010 Pichon-Longueville Baron (79% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Merlot) boasts a saturated purple color as well as truly extraordinary aromatics of crème de cassis, licorice, crushed rock-like minerality, graphite, and spring flowers. Possessing full-bodied richness, a huge, unctuous mid-palate, and building tannin, it shows the purity, grandeur, and precision that makes this vintage so remarkable. Hide bottles for another 4-5 years, count yourself lucky, and enjoy bottles over the following 2-3 decades. 99+ Inner quote mark (2/2018)

97 points Decanter

Outer quote mark A truly great vintage in Bordeaux, with wines replete with tannin, acidity, and an almost extreme ripeness. 2010 is often seen as level-pegging with the fleshier 2009s, but at this estate 2010 is ahead by more than a whisker. The nose is reserved, with blackcurrant and chocolate aromas, brooding but intensely ripe. The palate is very rich, opulent and full-bodied, with massive but ripe tannins. Powerful, taut and muscular, it's crackling with tension -the fruit is not yet fully expressive, but it's just beneath the dense but velvety surface. Exceptional length. Drinking Window 2022 - 2050. (SB) Inner quote mark (11/2017)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Administrator Christian Seeley thinks the 2010 is the greatest Pichon Longueville Baron he has ever made, equaling some of the estate’s colossal wines from vintages such as 1989 and 1990. It was certainly showing well when I stopped by the chateau in January. Opaque purple, with loads of charcoal, licorice, incense and some exotic Asian spices along with abundant cassis liqueur, blackberry and hints of roasted coffee and spring flowers, it is full-bodied and opulent, with relatively high tannins, but they have sweetened up considerably and seem less aggressive than they did from barrel. The oak is clearly pushed to the background by the wine's wealth of fruit, glycerin and full-bodied texture. This sensational Pichon Longueville Baron needs 5-6 years of cellaring, and should keep 30+ years. (RP) 97+ Inner quote mark (2/2013)

97 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This is quintessential Pauillac, a great wine with its Cabernet proudly at the fore. It ranks with the 2009 and, with its tannins, is sure to age longer than that vintage. Solidly structured, powerful and dense, with fruit promised for the future, it succeeds with its weight and great concentration. *Cellar Selection* Inner quote mark (2/2013)

96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2010 Pichon-Baron is simply one of the greatest wines produced under Christian Seely's tenure. It has a stunning bouquet with penetrating black fruit, wilted violet and a touch of sea spray, a distinctive marine note verging on shucked oyster shells. The palate is very well balanced with fine grain tannins, layers pf graphite infused black fruit and a very detailed, captivating finish. Brilliant. (NM) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A dense and layered wine with lots of ripe and sweet fruit. Loads of currants, plums and tar. This is concentrated and almost jammy with velvety tannins. Powerful. Chewy. Try in 2020. Inner quote mark (2/2013)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Good deep ruby-red. Ripe, exotic nose offers scents of dark berries, black cherry, graphite, peat, iron, flowers and chocolatey oak. Very ripe and impressively dense, showing compelling depth to its lush dark berry and graphite flavors. A sexy sugar/acid balance gives this sharply delineated wine very good early balance but its powerfully structured, very long finish suggests that it will be long-lived. Big tannins are wonderfully smooth for the vintage. (ST) 95+ Inner quote mark (7/2013)

95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Solidly built, with a roasted edge to the steeped fig, blackberry and black currant flavors, quickly followed by brambly tannins and notes of bay leaf and espresso. Stays dark and tarry through the finish, with superb drive and verve. Best from 2017 through 2030. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2013)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Tasted blind. Deep bricky garnet. Rich and cedary on the nose with an attractive touch of rock dust and cassis. Rich, dense but even with all this tannin there’s a flow across the palate. Very Pauillac in its muscular framework but it’s all in balance. Nowhere near ready. 18.5/20 points. Drink 2025-2045. (JH) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

K&L Notes

96 points Lisa Perotti-Brown in Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet in color, the 2010 Pichon-Longueville Baron delivers expressive scents of baked black cherries, plum preserves and crème de cassis with hints of cedar chest and bouquet garni. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a firm backbone of grainy tannins and lovely freshness with bags of energetic black fruits and a long, wonderfully pure finish." (3/2020)

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By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/5/2018 | Send Email
The last time I tasted this wine was on release in 2013 - a wine full of depth and terrific potential, but massive and structured like many a great 2010. Now, five years on, it is starting to unfurl into something terrific. On the nose there is some secondary notes underneath layers of deep red and black fruit, baking spices, vanilla, and graphite. The palate shows more primary notes of pure black fruit, super-fine tannin, and a wonderfully long finish. It reminded me a bit of their 2000 and could easily resemble it in the next 10-15 years, perhaps with a bit more purity and focus.

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