CHÂTEAU PICHON LONGUEVILLE BARON
2003 2ème Cru Classé Pauillac
|Grapes||Cab Franc, Merlot, Cab Sauv|
|Classification||2ème Cru Classé|
Pichon Baron did have some problems with drought. The area known as St. Anne, opposite Haut Batailley on the plateau, which usually goes to make Tourelles, suffered a block in maturity. They have produced 180,000 bottles of 'Grand Vin' - the lowest production ever. The result of the harsh selections is an excellent wine - 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot. Dark deep crimson, but not as blackly opaque as some, a rich harmonious oak-spiced nose. The attack is delicate, fresh, chocolatey, pure, still fresh with lots of stuffing and ripe firm tannins with good acidity on the finish. L&S (Mar 2005)
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A brilliant effort, this 2003 displays a vigorous, intact, deep blue/purple color as well as notes of scorched earth, barbecue spices, incense, creme de cassis and cedarwood. Long, lush, medium to full-bodied, round and generous, this opulent Pauillac can be drunk now and over the next 5-8 years. 2014-2022 Rating: 94 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(Aug 2014)
Reminiscent of Pichon Baron’s triumphant 1990, the 2003 is powerful and alcoholic (13.46%) for a cru classe Bordeaux, with a high pH of 3.85, and low acidity (3.1). Made from 31 hectolitres per hectare, this blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot exhibits an inky/purple colour along with a big, thick, juicy nose of soy sauce, blackberries, creme de cassis, minerals, and flowers. Full-bodied and powerful, with terrific fruit purity as well as depth, this beauty should become increasingly delineated as it evolves in barrel. The finish lasts for 45+ seconds. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2025. Rating: 94-94 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(Mar 2005)
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