Pichon Baron 2005
Tasting Notes Pichon Baron 2005
Tasted single blind at Farr’s 2005 dinner in Hong Kong. This does not quite match the heady heights of Grand Puy Lacoste ’05, but Christian Seely has still overseen a magnificent Pauillac. There is mint and dark berried fruit on the nose, a seam of graphite that becomes more pronounced with continued aeration. The palate is full-bodied and “broader” that GPL, although it does not achieve the same ethereal sense of delineation. Tasted November 2011.
As usual, this superb Pauillac possesses an inky/blue/black color in addition to a big, sweet nose of graphite, charcoal, burning embers, black currant liqueur, and toasty vanillin from new oak casks. Full-bodied with high but sweet, well-integrated tannins, the 2005 Pichon Baron is more backward than the blockbuster 2003 or prodigious 2000. Nevertheless, it is a superb effort whose power, length, and tannic structure suggest it should be at its peak between 2015-2035.