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2006 Pichon Baron

By Chateau Pichon Baron

2006 Pichon Baron from Château Pichon Baron, Pauillac, Bordeaux

The 2006 Pichon Baron from Château Pichon Baron is a testament to the resilience and mastery of winemaking amidst challenging climatic conditions in the revered Pauillac appellation. In a year that many predicted would buckle under the strain of an unrelenting summer heat, this vintage emerged with solemn dignity and structured complexity unique to its harvest.

 

An Exemplary Display of Elegance and Power

While the season’s climatic curveballs may have thwarted the lesser experienced, Château Pichon Baron harnessed its heritage and terroir to craft a wine that speaks to the investor seeking both rarity and quality. The 2006 Pichon Baron encapsulates this spirit – a concoction of deep concentration and an innate understanding of balance.

One finds in their glass a symphony of dark fruits interwoven with earthy undertones characteristic of Pauillac’s gravelly soils. Tannins are both bold and fine-grained, showing remarkable integration even as they suggest further grace with age. Hints of cedar and spice whisper of the artful oak aging, fostering a complexity that resonates with elegance rather than opulence.

 

Vintage Specifics That Elevate Investment Potential

It's imperative for wine investors to discern how this particular bottling stands apart from adjacent vintages. In the 2006 Pichon Baron, there presents a tighter knit structure and fresher acidity when placed against the preceding opulent 2005 or the riper 2009.

The profile is classic Pauillac austerity with a promise of longevity in cellar maturation – crucial for those looking at investment horizons that seek to capture the wine's full expressive potential.

In summary, 2006 was a year where a steadfast Château Pichon Baron sculpted from adversity a compelling contender for savvy portfolios. A touch more recumbent upon release than some of its neighbors, it has now unfurled into a poised and astute choice for both connoisseurs and investors alike; one which continues to ascend in stature as it evolves. Each bottle of the 2006 Pichon Baron is akin to an evolving legacy nestled within Bordeaux’s illustrious narrative – it is not merely an asset but an anthology of the land it hails from, firm in stature yet fluid in its unfolding story.

Current market price

HK$12,850.00

12x75cl

Highest score

93

POP score

103.08

Scores and tasting notes

93

Tasted at home and decanted for one hour, this is turning into a delectable Pichon Baron. Blackberry, graphite and cold limestone on the nose, the oak a little more integrated than previously bottles. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, good structure…that adjective of ‘mellow’ coming back again in terms of its harmony and sensuality. It might lack the depth of other vintages on the finish, but there is a wily femininity to this Pauillac that is very appealing. Drink 2013-2025. Tasted August 2010.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jan 2011

92

Closed but promising, this is a tannic, masculine style of wine in 2006, with an inky bluish/purple color as well as aromas of incense, charcoal, smoked meats, and the classic creme de cassis that one finds in the top Pauillacs. The aromatics are still retrained, but the wine is full-bodied in the mouth, tannic, backward, and set for a relatively long life. This is not one of the profound wines from Pichon Longueville Baron, but it is certainly a top-flight success for the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2028.

Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #181 Feb 2009

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