Château Pichon-Longueville Baron, 1990

Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

Château Pichon-Longueville Baron, 1990

Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

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Grape Varietes: Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Merlot 35%, Cabernet Franc 4%, Petit Verdot 1% Wine Style: Left Bank Bordeaux Winemaker: Jean-René Matignon Optimum Drinking: 2018-2035 Reviewer Rating: 98 Reviewer: eRobertParker.com Code: 100479 Fill Level: Just into neck.
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Pichon Longueville Baron produced a stunning wine in the excellent 1990 Bordeaux vintage - one of the estate's finest ever.

This elegant, turreted mid-19th century château, which derives its name from Jacques de Pichon, Baron of Longueville who began planting vineyards in the 17th century, was one of the appellation’s greatest underachievers up until the mid-80s – barely living up to its lofty second growth status. Then along came AXA, the giant insurance conglomerate.

AXA employed Jean-Michel Cazes to take charge of the winemaking and vineyards, and the turnaround was nothing short of dramatic, the estate rising to superstar status amongst Bordeaux’s elite in the 1990s. The estate is often referred to as a ’super second’ these days, its wines belying its second growth classification.

Reviews

"The 1990 Pichon-Longueville Baron has always been one of my benchmark wines, one that never ceases to perform. Now at 27 years of age, it is clearly at its peak, and what a wondrous thing it is. Now showing some bricking on the rim, the bouquet is utterly sublime, with red berries, cedar, touches of graphite, crushed rose petals and incense. You just want to become enveloped by these aromas. The palate is perfectly balanced, perhaps not as structured as it once showed since the tannins have mellowed, but what you get is a Pauillac relishing its secondary phase, which is almost Burgundy-like in terms of mouthfeel. Suffused with tension, it gains weight in the mouth toward the slightly tart finish. It is a Pichon Baron that only knows how to give sophisticated drinking pleasure." eRobertParker.com

"More tobacco and cedar character on the nose, with hints of ripe fruit. Full-bodied, yet fine and sophisticated, with elegant tannins and a long finish. This is always a top-quality red." Wine Spectator