Looking The Part: Pichon-Baron 1953 – 2015 (Jan 2019)

The 1985 Pichon-Baron is fully mature on the nose, featuring vigorous blackberry, raspberry confit, dried blood and oxtail aromas, almost Rhône-like in style. It is one of the few bouquets of this Second Growth that you might describe as “animally.” The fleshy, medium-bodied palate offers supple tannin, a fine bead of acidity and pretty red cherry and strawberry fruit mixed with leather, tobacco and graphite. A touch of truffle appears on the rustic but charming finish. This is probably the best bottle I have had. Tasted at the Pichon-Baron vertical at the château.