Aromas of black olive, blackberry and currant. Complex and fascinating. Full-bodied, with soft and velvety tannins and a long, caressing finish. Pretty and satisfying. (JS, Web Only-2009)
The 1988 Pichon Baron is a wine that I have tasted four or five times before although not since 2011. Deep in colour, it has a tightly wound bouquet with blackberry, wild hedgerow and cedar, touches of tobacco coming through, maybe just a hint of greenness although nothing to get concerned about. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly rustic tannin. Good body and freshness with strong cedar and graphite notes. Although it is missing the fruité of the 1989 and 1990 there is a reassuring sense of classicism here. It is as if you know exactly what you are getting with the minimum of fuss. Drink over the next decade or so. Tasted at the château. (NM)
Somewhat austere but very successful for the vintage, Pichon-Lalande’s 1988 has a dark garnet color and an intriguing nose of compost, earth, black currants, licorice, and weedy tobacco. The wine is medium-bodied with a sweet, relatively expansive mid-palate and slightly rugged tannins in the increasingly attenuated finish. (RP)
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