What a nose here, from crushed mulberry to tanned leather to tar. Full-bodied, with big, velvety tannins that are soft and caressing, like cashmere. This is so tight and powerful still; it seems to be holding back. Be patient, because it will open with another five or six years of bottle age. Hard to wait. So why do it? (JS, Web Only-2010)
Tasted at Robersons’ 1989 Bordeaux horizontal. The Pichon-Baron ’89 has a lucid garnet core. The nose is very pure and well defined with small black cherries, blueberry, a touch of iodine, mint and a pastille quality coming through. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, a saline tang on the entry that I has not been as pronounced on previous bottles, very good acidity with a firm structure and youthful zeal that is irresistible. Wonderful harmony here. The ’89 is jousting with the ’90 for supremacy and on this performance, it may well be overtaking it. Superb. Drink now-2025. (NM-Wine Journal)
Impressive saturated ruby color. Pure, classic Pauillac aromas of black cherry, bitter chocolate, menthol and flowers. Very intensely flavored, precise and penetrating, with an extremely primary flavor of cassis. Almost magically light on its feet owing to its rather strong acidity. A very young, extremely long wine with great tensile strength. (ST) 94+
Stunning wine, one of the very best 1989s. Rich blackish crimson with a rich nose that is still very sweet and fragrant. But the wine is lovely and refreshing too. Almost minty and aromatic. This stands up well to comparison with the first growths. Bravo! (JR) 18.5/20 points
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