1985 Chateau Pichon Baron 男爵
Tasted single blind at the 1985 Bordeaux horizontal, the 1985 Château Pichon Baron put in a better performance than I expected, given previous showings. The nose takes you directly to Pauillac with cedar and pencil box. It is not intense but it conveys the place from which it comes, albeit in rustic style. The palate is fresh and crisp, quite reserved and traditional in style with the tannin slightly drying towards the foursquare finish. Predating the Cazes era, it attests to how this great estate tended to tread water in the early 1980s, but bottles should be consumed by now or upgraded to the stellar 1989 or 1990 Pichon Barons. Tasted July 2015.