Château Pichon Longueville Baron 2015
• Domaine: Château Pichon Longueville Baron
• Appellation: Pauillac
• Classification: Second Growth, 2ème Grand Cru Classé
• Origin: Left Bank, Bordeaux, France
• Importer: Laguna Cellar
The history of this famous Second Growth estate dates back to the Grand Siecle - “Great Century” - of France during the reign of Louis XIV. The first vineyard plots of this property were close to Château Latour in the left bank appellation of Pauillac.
Château Pichon de Longueville Baron (affectionately shortnamed Pichon Baron, vs its sister chateau Pichon Comtesse) is home to terroir that is considered a “winegrower’s paradise”. Over the years, the vignerons at the estate have learned to nurture their precious vines, yielding highly concentrated and ripe fruit. Production has been cut in half throughout the decades and the winemaking team at Pichon Baron has no qualms sacrificing quantity to ensure the quality of their wine. Perhaps it is the close proximity to the terroir of the First Growth powerhouse, Château Latour, that lends these wines the perfect balance of strength and refinement that is so often associated with the gems of Pauillac. Some of the best vintages are massively extracted, flamboyant wines -- with aromas of cassis, tobacco, and cedar. Due to their incredible fortitude, these wines have the ageing potential to last for decades.
"Made from a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot, this spectacular 2003 hits all the sweet spots on the palate. A glorious bouquet of cedarwood, jammy black currants, cherries, licorice and truffle is followed by a dense, opulently textured, full-bodied wine with terrific purity and freshness as well as deep, velvety textured tannins. Enjoy this beauty over the next 10-12 years." - Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate (8/27/2014, Issue 214), Ratings: 95, Drink: 2014-2026
"Rather subtle and delicate and with excellent bottom. Very racy. And sweet. Like a dry port. Rather still-insistent tannins on the end. Drying finish. Racier than Pichon Baron." JancisRobinson.com, Rating: 16.5
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