Dark brick-red color, with a garnet edge. Aromas of dark chocolate, meat and currant. Full-bodied, with a solid core of ripe fruit and round tannins. Goes on and on. Very balanced, with a beautiful mouthfeel. Long life ahead. This has always been a serious wine. (JS, Web Only-2009)
The 1988 Pichon-Baron is, thankfully, a different kettle of fish compared to the awful 1987. It has a very agreeable, classic graphite and pencil box bouquet that delivers satisfying levels of fruit compared to many of its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, considering the austere nature of the vintage. There is plenty of freshness locked in here, a fine bead of acidity and a neatly structured, classic, graphite-tinged finish that perhaps just lacks the length of other vintages. Highly enjoyable. Tasted at the Pichon-Baron vertical at the château. (NM)
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