As London Wine Week approaches wine tasting springs to mind and I thought I would take a look at some of our favourite Bordeaux wine tasting notes from Master Sommelier Christopher.  Needless to say, as a French person he has a great passion for French wine. Who doesn’t?

So here is an extract from one of his favourite wines- Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron, Pauillac, 2008.

Wine label showing Chateau Pichon-Longueville 2008

Bordeaux Chateau Baron Pichon Longueville 2008

Pichon Baron 2008-personal wine tasting notes

I do not drink Bordeaux wine very often because my personal preference is for Bordeaux wines which are old and that means they are often out of reach- financially speaking!

When it comes to sampling the pleasures of French wine tasting, one way to enjoy fine Bordeaux wine is to find ‘missed’ vintages.  I am regularly surprised by the quality as well as the composure of such wines.  My tasting notes on this Pichon Baron 2008 demonstrated this revelation and the wine has a deep and dark core with deep garnet reflects and a concentrated high viscosity running on the wall of my glass.

Wine Tasting Notes

On the initial opening the wine gave me tastes of crushed dark fruit, pencil lead, bitter chocolate and cedar wood. It was a little tight so I let the WineWeaver play its magic again. The aeration process released more tastes the ripe cassis, black current, dark chocolate, plums, spices from oak and minerals started to shine through.

The palate delivered an almost arithmetic expression with lush dark ripe fruit: cassis, stone fruit, pencil shaving, cedar wood, cinnamon, cloves; some smoke and lots of minerals as well as underwood, fresh mushrooms, crushed rocks.

Pichon Baron 2008 was concentrated and weighty on the mid palate, but also fresh and superbly tuned by the acid structure.  The oak treatment still delivers a bit of a coating but well managed and integrated within the expression.

Delicate and racy tannins in the wine added depth and provide length with more cedar and smoke coming through. The ‘08 was a fine vintage; it had taken loads of vineyard work and a solid wine-making. Kudos to the team!

Having said that, of course, the ’08 will always be in the shadow of 2009 and even more so of the 2010!

Lay down and hold the wine

I would recommend that these wines are held for 5 more years – easy- but with your WineWeaver aerating the wine it is possible to release and deliver sooner. A wine which punches far above its weight……..of gold?

We are in Bordeaux after all!




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