The 2000 Pichon-Baron has long been a great wine, after what in retrospect was a middling period during the 1990s. It retains a wonderful bouquet of blackberry, raspberry, mineral and pencil lead that is both intense and focused. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin. A masculine and slightly backward Pauillac, yet the arching structure is very impressive and there is a sense of solidity toward the dried-blood-tinged finish. This puts a marker down between what comes before and what comes after at this Second Growth. Tasted at the Pichon-Baron vertical at the château.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2045
Robert Parker 97
The 2000 Château Pichon Baron is just getting better and better and better. Perhaps the magnum format played its part, but nevertheless…just…wow. This is a millennial Left Bank with the keys to the top drawer. It has an incredibly precise, mineral-driven bouquet with intense black fruit infused with cedar and graphite scents. It just reeks of Pauillac in an almost uncompromising, yet compelling manner. The palate is structured, stylish and effortless, extraordinarily pure and unerringly youthful. This is a Pichon Baron saying, “You ain’t seen nothing yet.” You could broach this now if you wanted, but the clever people will wisely bunker this for another decade and gloat from 2025 onward. Tasted January 2016.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2050
Blackish crimson. Scented nose. Thick, rich, nervy, and really tense! Well done. Lots going on there. Reverberates.
Anticipated maturity: 2008-2023