Château Pichon-Longueville Baron Baron de Pichon-Longueville Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 1988

$165

...Another great showing from this over-looked wine. It still has that masculine, cedar-fuelled bouquet with blackberry, a little more cassis this time and sous-bois. The palate is showing superb vigour and freshness, gaining intensity all the time in the glass, lovely definition and poise. On this showing, this is equal to the '89, but not the '90. It encapsulates everything you wish for in a mature Pauillac, but it has the legs to last. A wine to drink, not think about. Drink now-2020. Tasted May 2009. Neal Martin (eRobertParker.com)

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Ratings on Delectable

Steven Morgan Delectable Pro

Wine Director Formento's

Still vibrant and energetic with dark fruit and grip. Has at least 10+ years before it starts losing that intensity

Still vibrant and energetic with dark fruit and grip. Has at least 10+ years before it starts losing that intensity

9.5

Henrik Poulsen Delectable Pro

I'm generally not fun of '88 Medoc's (Ch. Margaux tasted blind recently was 90 pts. to me). However this was actually showing really nice tonight and starting to shed those harsh tannins I associate with the vintage....perhaps patience is just required and this could turn into another overlooked (Left-Bank) vintage like the 1966?

I'm generally not fun of '88 Medoc's (Ch. Margaux tasted blind recently was 90 pts. to me). However this was actually showing really nice tonight and starting to shed those harsh tannins I associate with the vintage....perhaps patience is just required and this could turn into another overlooked (Left-Bank) vintage like the 1966?

9.2

Antonio Gianola Delectable Pro

Quite lovely

Quite lovely

9.2

Sarah Sutel Looper Delectable Pro

Desiccated red cherries in mature cigar box sprinkled with beef jerky dust. Fine/dusty tannin. Delicious long finish.

Desiccated red cherries in mature cigar box sprinkled with beef jerky dust. Fine/dusty tannin. Delicious long finish.

9.0

Yoon Ha Delectable Pro

Master Sommelier/Wine Director Benu

A well-built and solid pauillac that's not the least bit tired. Don't overlook just because of the lauded '89s and '90s.

A well-built and solid pauillac that's not the least bit tired. Don't overlook just because of the lauded '89s and '90s.

8.9

Jamie Brown Delectable Pro

Classic Bordeaux. Nice aromatics, a tinge of brett, softening tannins. Shows well now but could age another decade

Classic Bordeaux. Nice aromatics, a tinge of brett, softening tannins. Shows well now but could age another decade

9.3

Ted Kizor Delectable Pro

Exquisite, still some red fruit and fruit leather. Touch of soy and leather. Minimal barnyard. Just an excellent wine. Surprisingly little sediment.

Exquisite, still some red fruit and fruit leather. Touch of soy and leather. Minimal barnyard. Just an excellent wine. Surprisingly little sediment.

10

Sylvain Rhainds

Quel beau Bordeaux

Quel beau Bordeaux

9.3

Dick Amundson

Absolutely gorgeous! Perfect aged Bordeaux. From a magmun.

Absolutely gorgeous! Perfect aged Bordeaux. From a magmun.

9.3

David D

Grassy barnyard blackberry tobacco

Grassy barnyard blackberry tobacco

9.5

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