Pichon Baron 2006 (OWC 12)
Price: $1200 / bottle
By Decanter in 2016 (JA94)
Deep, rich and a little more brash than its opposite neighbour. Far from being ready, this is only just starting to soften, but colour, tannins and aromatics remain right at the starting gate. Spice is evident on the palate, as is cocoa powder and charcoal. The dark fruit runs deep with a strong grip that suggests lots of potential and a lively pH.
By Robert Parker in 2009 (RP92)
Closed but promising, this is a tannic, masculine style of wine in 2006, with an inky bluish/purple color as well as aromas of incense, charcoal, smoked meats, and the classic creme de cassis that one finds in the top Pauillacs. The aromatics are still retrained, but the wine is full-bodied in the mouth, tannic, backward, and set for a relatively long life. This is not one of the profound wines from Pichon Longueville Baron, but it is certainly a top-flight success for the vintage.
By Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar in 2007 (ST92+)
Full ruby-red. Pungent, high-pitched aromas of blackberry, cassis, minerals, bitter chocolate and mocha. Suave, fine-grained and densely packed, with lovely violet lift to its concentrated dark fruit and mineral flavors. Juicy acidity and serious building tannins give this very young wine terrific backbone for aging. Really spreads out to saturate the palate.