Château Pichon-Longueville Baron, a leading Pauillac 2éme Cru Classé estate, is one of Bordeaux's most illustrious "super seconds". In 1987 it was bought by the AXA Millésimes Group, who also own Cantenac-Brown, Petit-Village, and Suduiraut.
AXA built a state-of-the-art cuverie and chai at Pichon-Longueville Baron, while, in 2000, Christian Seely took over from Jean-Michel Cazes as as general manager. Pichon-Longueville Baron's 73-hectare vineyard (70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc) runs adjacent to that of Château Latour and lies on deep gravel beds.
The Cabernet-dominated Pichon-Longueville Baron is a more muscular, tannic, and full-bodied wine than that of its neighbour across the road, Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. The grand vin is Château Longueville au Baron de Pichon-Longueville. The second wine is Les Tourelles de Longueville, introduced with the 1986 vintage. The best examples of Pichon-Longueville Baron have layer upon layer of unctuous, vanilla-scented, blackcurrant and cassis fruit, intermingled with cigar box and lead pencil shaving aromas. They require cellaring for at least 10 years.
Notes and Reviews
Robert Parker (92)
Closed but promising, this is a tannic, masculine style of wine in 2006, with an inky bluish/purple colour as well as aromas of incense, charcoal, smoked meats, and the classic crème de cassis that one finds in the top Pauillacs. The aromatics are still retrained, but the wine is full-bodied in the mouth, tannic, backward, and set for a relatively long life. This is not one of the profound wines from Pichon-Longueville Baron, but it is certainly a top-flight success for the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2028.
|Grape Varieties||Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc|
|Age of Vines||30 years old|
|Vinification||15-17 days' fermentation and maceration in stainless steel tanks|
|Elevage||15-18 months in oak barrels (70% new oak)|
|Soil Type||Deep gravel and clay|