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Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron Pauillac 2005
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Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron Pauillac 2005

  • st94+
  • ws94
  • wa93


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Pauillac is a red vin de garde (wine for laying down) which requires a little patience (a few years) before its full potential is revealed. It is a dark purple in colour, with hints of purplish blue when young. After a few years, or even decades for the best vintages, its colour softens and becomes ruby red with hints of amber. On the nose, Pauillac is a very concentrated and complex wine. It is dominated by aromas of summer fruit (blackcurrant, blackberry, plum), spices (vanilla, pepper, mint, liquorice) and wood (cedar, roasted and toasted notes). The wine is very full-bodied on the palate. When perfectly mature the tannins become smoother while supporting the wine's powerful aromas with great length. One of Pauillac's distinctive features is its perfect balance: powerful and full-bodied, yet aromatically subtle and delicate.
International Wine Cellar
  • st94+

Dark red-ruby. Multidimensional nose offers deep aromas of currant, cedar, coffee, tobacco and minerals. The palate offers a rare combination of sweetness, energy and depth, with superb grip and a layered texture to the flavors of plum, cedar, tobacco and minerals. The finish features sweet, noble tannins and outstanding length. I find this more complete and ultimately more exciting than the 2003, but this will need at least a decade of cellaring.

Stephen Tanzer, May 2008
Wine Spectator
  • ws94

Offers crushed currant and blackberry on the nose, turning to tar and licorice. Full-bodied, with a solid core of ripe fruit and seamless tannins. Goes on and on. Very, very beautiful. A cross between the 2000 and fabulous 2003. Best after 2013. 20,000 cases made.

James Suckling, March 31, 2008
Wine Advocate
  • wa93

The 2005 Pichon Baron has a dense ruby/purple color, sweet crème de cassis fruit, lots of cedar wood and forest floor, medium to full body, ripe tannin, and a long finish of a good 30+ seconds. This is a beauty and one of the most successful Pauillacs of this vintage. Drink it now through 2035.

Robert Parker, April 2015