Robert Parker 88
Tasted at Pebbles/Zachy’s 1982 dinner in Hong Kong. For various reasons I have never been totally convinced by this Pichon Baron although I have to give credit where it is due, for this is the best bottle I have met. It has a mature, slightly leathery bouquet with touches of earth and sandalwood. The palate is medium-bodied, certainly not nearly as complex as its peers when examined side-by-side, whilst there is just a touch of VA towards the finish. I would be drinking bottles now. Tasted November 2012.
The 1982 Pichon-Baron was tasted from two bottles since the first felt a little cooked. The musty, earthy, mushroom-scented bouquet lacks the complexity and vivacity of its peers, not least the 1982 Pichon-Lalande. The palate is medium-bodied with dry tannin. This now feels a little mealy in the mouth, with some dryness toward the final third that does not entice you back for another sip. Despite laudatory comments elsewhere, having tasting this several times, I find the 1982 Pichon Baron to be very ordinary. Tasted at the Pichon-Baron vertical at the château.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2023
Magnum. Tasted blind alongside Pichon Lalande 1982 which looked less evolved than this. Sweet, ripe nose with a palate that is just starting to dry out slightly. But it could still deliver a great deal of pleasure.
Anticipated maturity: 1995-2025