TN: 1989 Pichon Baron Bordeaux

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TN: 1989 Pichon Baron Bordeaux

#1 Post by Tom DeBiase » January 10th, 2019, 4:56 pm

Decanted for 2 hours and thoroughly enjoyed over the next 3 hours this wine was hitting on all cylinders last night. Classic nose of cassis, pencil shavings, earth and licorice. Flavors pretty much follow the nose with cassis, dark cherry, cedar, tobacco and a touch of smoke. Medium body, good concentration, nice acidity, drinking very well now with no danger of decline.
Match made in heaven with a huge tender and flavorful Tomahawk Steak, pureed root vegetables and Brussel sprouts. Wonderful wine and meal.

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#2 Post by Anton D » January 10th, 2019, 5:01 pm

Delicious on every front!

That note made me hungry and thirsty!
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#3 Post by jordan whitehead » January 10th, 2019, 11:59 pm

1 of my all time favorite bordeaux
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#4 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » January 11th, 2019, 2:53 am

jordan whitehead wrote:
January 10th, 2019, 11:59 pm
1 of my all time favorite bordeaux
Yea mine too. A exceptional wine.

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#5 Post by Victor Hong » January 11th, 2019, 4:57 am

Tom DeBiase wrote:
January 10th, 2019, 4:56 pm
Decanted for 2 hours and thoroughly enjoyed over the next 3 hours this wine was hitting on all cylinders last night. Classic nose of cassis, pencil shavings, earth and licorice. Flavors pretty much follow the nose with cassis, dark cherry, cedar, tobacco and a touch of smoke. Medium body, good concentration, nice acidity, drinking very well now with no danger of decline.
Match made in heaven with a huge tender and flavorful Tomahawk Steak, pureed root vegetables and Brussel sprouts. Wonderful wine and meal.

Tom

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I treated some good friends to Christmas dinner at Union Square Cafe, and opened this wine. It was as glorious as you described.
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#6 Post by Jeff D a v i e s » January 11th, 2019, 5:11 pm

great notes. I have a lone bottles of this of a few I bought a couple years ago.

Any views of whether any of the 2000 onwards vintages will develop to be as good?

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#7 Post by R. Frankel » January 11th, 2019, 5:19 pm

‘89 is such a good vintage in Bordeaux. Thanks for the note!
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#8 Post by Craig G » January 11th, 2019, 8:02 pm

I dragged one to Sun Valley last fall and drank with friends. It was great, and we found out that the restaurant comps corkage for wines over ten years old!
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#9 Post by Tom DeBiase » January 11th, 2019, 8:28 pm

R. Frankel wrote:
January 11th, 2019, 5:19 pm
‘89 is such a good vintage in Bordeaux. Thanks for the note!
So true, hard to drink a bad Bordeaux from 89!

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#10 Post by Karl K » January 13th, 2019, 6:10 pm

Tonight I tasted not the 1989 Pichon Baron, but the 1989 Pichon Lalande:

Color: light to medium red at the core, getting lighter and more orang-y at the rim.

Highly complex noise of red currants, spice, dark soil, smoke, a little mushroom funk at first which blew off, white tea and dried white mulberries. On the palate the wine is silky smooth and has a fun noticeable tanginess which adds verticality to the midpalate of the wine.

Not as knock-your-socks-off as the notes about the PB but very nice.
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#11 Post by Kelly Walker » January 13th, 2019, 6:45 pm

What a Wine!
I opened as a birth year wine a double magnum for my son’s 21st birthday with all his college friends. Stunning and still a baby compared to the numerous 750s I have had. I go back and forth between this and the 1990. The 90 is a bit richer.
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#12 Post by J.Vizuete » January 13th, 2019, 6:50 pm

I’ve had the joyous pleasure of the 1989 PB twice this year and both times it showed as you described. So deep and regal, yet kind of textbook at the same time. WOTN in strong company on both occasions. I honestly think it could go 20 more years. Thanks for sharing!
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#13 Post by Marc Frontario » January 13th, 2019, 7:08 pm

Tom I thought u only drank pinot!! Jk
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#14 Post by David Glasser » January 13th, 2019, 8:30 pm

Thanks for the note on a long-time favorite. My daughter’s birth year, we'll likely open one for her birthday.

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#15 Post by Kris Patten » January 13th, 2019, 9:24 pm

Thanks for note, this is second favorite of 1988 - 1990 trio....but love them all, 1990, 1989, 1988 in that order. Lynch Bages had a stellar run this 3 year run too.
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#16 Post by Steve Brickley » January 13th, 2019, 9:29 pm

Forget the wine. Look at that steak!
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#17 Post by Paul Jaouen » January 14th, 2019, 5:52 am

Bringing this to an 89 horizontal in a couple weeks. I hope mine shows as well as yours did.
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#18 Post by J.Vizuete » January 14th, 2019, 6:30 am

Paul Jaouen wrote:
January 14th, 2019, 5:52 am
Bringing this to an 89 horizontal in a couple weeks. I hope mine shows as well as yours did.
would love to see photos posted of this. I too haven't had a bad 89 in my limited experience
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