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2009 Pichon Baron

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2009 Pichon Baron from Château Pichon Baron, Pauillac, Bordeaux

Amongst the proud lineage of Pauillac's aristocracy, the stature of the 2009 Pichon Baron from Château Pichon Baron cannot be overstated. In a vintage that has been heralded as one of the most opulent and age-worthy in recent memory, this particular offering stands out for its remarkable structure and depth.

 

A Vintage Crowned with Excellence

The 2009 vintage in Bordeaux is frequently lauded for its charming generosity and concentration. Indeed, it seemed the elements conspired in patronage of the vine; yielding fruit of exceptional ripeness backed by an enviable tannic backbone suffused with the gravitas of the Pauillac appellation. Here, the 2009 Pichon Baron is a paragon, an assemblage primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon with a mere whisper of Merlot, crystallizing into a rich tapestry of dark fruits, cassis, and cigar box aromas.

Ripe and robust yet poised with an aristocratic grace, this wine demonstrates the kind of precise balance between formidable structure and supple fruitiness that investors seek. The palate is a revelation — dense layers cascading from blackberry to licorice, veiled in an enigmatic cloak of fine-grained tannins and judicious oak integration.

 

The Allure of Investment-Worthy Terroir

Within the glass swirls not just this spectacularly crafted liquor but also the essence of its terroir; a harmonious symphony orchestrated by Château Pichon Baron's unremitting dedication to excellence. The 2009 vintage's climate — marked by ideal conditions during both flowering and harvest — bestows upon this estate’s bottled heritage a remarkable potential for longevity.

For collectors and investors alike, the 2009 Pichon Baron represents not just a wise acquisition but an emblematic treasure; its intrinsic quality and maturation trajectory underscored by its origin’s august reputation.

In summation, for those curating collections or enhancing portfolios with fine wines from Bordeaux, there behooves no finer centerpiece than this sculptural expression of viticulture excellence. The 2009 Pichon Baron encompasses all that is revered in such pursuits — character, longevity, and a storied vintner’s virtuosity coalescing into an asset that promises to flourish both on the palate and in investment potential.

Current market price

HK$17,000.00

12x75cl

Highest score

98

POP score

98.89

Scores and tasting notes

98

Revealing incredible quality and performing better than it did from barrel, the 2009 appears to be the greatest Pichon Longueville Baron since the 1990 and 1989. An amazing opaque blue/purple color is followed by scents of spring flowers, graphite, smoky charcoal, incense, blackberries, blueberries and hints of coffee and chocolate. Incredibly intense, pure and flawlessly constructed with extravagant layers of fruit and richness, this offering has developed beautifully under the management of Christian Seeley. It is a voluptuous, opulent Pichon Longueville Baron that may eclipse anything they have made in the past. This brilliant wine should be at its peak between 2018 and 2045.

Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #199 Feb 2012

97

Amazing aromas of ripe currants and plums with flowers. Full body, with super fine tannins and wonderful fruit. It is energized. Better than I remember it from barrel. Reminds me of the 1990 PB. Try after 2020.

James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 14th 2012

96

Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Pichon Baron 2009 is a great wine destined to last for many years. It has a very well defined bouquet with blackberry, creme de cassis and still some vanillary new oak that needs bottle age to be subsumed. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannins. This is beautifully composed and pure with an unerring symmetry. It is tightly coiled and very precise, yet the finish has enormous length. Outstanding. Tasted January 2013.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jul 2013

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