Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron 2008

Were I to unexpectedly stumble across an unlimited fortune, the Pichon Baron would be somewhere nearby.  This Baron is from the 2008 vintage, and it was not among the number of Bordeaux cru classé from the 2008 vintage that I reviewed at a remarkable MW tasting in Melbourne last year (you can read about that tasting here).  The 2008 Baron is certainly among the best of the 2008 Bordeaux, first growths included.  That I missed this year's MW tasting for the 2009 vintage is best not mentioned.

The 2008 Baron has aromatics of clove, blackcurrant, mint and cedar and builds confidence and knits together with air and time in the glass.  The palate has fine grained tannins that are quite present at this stage, but is surrounded by deep and densely structured blackcurrant fruit, and the finish has the Baron's trademark long length.  I think this wine would benefit from another 2 or 3 years in bottle before approaching and is certainly an outstanding wine.

Rating: Outstanding, Abv: 13%, Price: $190, Source: sample, Vendors:, Website:, Tasted: 2014
May 23, 2014


  1. The Pichon Longueville Baron is consistently outstanding. The 2008 wines of Bordeaux in general seem to be doing well and may have been overlooked in favour of people buying 2009 and 2010. In comparison they represent some better value I think without reaching the same scores. 2008's also will probbaly be more approachable earlier. Thanks for publishing the review Sean.

  2. Craig - I certainly agree there's some good wine to be had among the '08s & the prices happily aren't out of the stratosphere either.



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