The history of the Pichon family goes back to the Middle Ages. Since then, numerous family members have played a role in the history of Bordeaux. In 1964, Jacques de Pichon, Baron of Longueville, married the daughter of Pierre de Rauzan, who created the estate. Their descendants were thereafter much involved with the Pauillac property. Raoul de Pichon-Longueville built the current Château in 1851. His family lived there until 1933. In 1987, AXA-Millésimes purchased the property from the Bouteiller family, then entirely restored teh property, under the management of Jean-Michel Cazes.The château, an imposing Renaissance-style mansion with spiky corner turrets, was thoroughly restored and furnished in an appropriate mid-nineteenth-century style. In 1989, an architectural competition for the construction of modern viticultural buildings was organised in collaboration with the George Pompidou Centre in Paris. Today Pichon Baron is world-acclaimed as one of Pauillac’s leading estates.
Merlot : 65%
Cabernet-sauvignon : 20%
Cabernet franc : 10%
Petit verdot : 5%
Vineyard & Vinification Note
Terroir: The Pichon Baron estate’s 73 hectares of very high quality gravelly soil overlook the Latour vineyard. This exceptional land, poor in nutrients and with little excess water, nourishes the old vines sparingly so that grapes are produced in small quantities but are of supreme quality. This is a terroir that can produce the most remarkable wines; the estate has striven to do so with constancy and excellence in line with this vineyard’s early history. The Pichon Baron estate team are highly involved in their work. They devote their unswerving commitment and values of excellence and consistency to crafting wines which are ranked amongst the world’s finest. Pichon Baron’s vineyard is planted 62% to Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% to Merlot, 4% to Cabernet Franc and 2% to Petit Verdot, and has been meticulously divided into separate plots. With consummate craftsmanship each plot receives specific care and attention adapted to its particular profile (soil quality and vine age and variety)
Wine making: Winemaking is parcel-driven, to better pilot the specific conditions of both soil and vintage climate. Short pre-fermentation cold maceration for the Merlot (4-6 days). Then traditional vinification takes place in stainless steel vats, under controlled temperature. Maceration during 20 days. Malolactic fermentation in vats.
Ageing: In oak barrels for 12 months (50% new barrels and 50% one year barrels on average)
Les Tourelles de Longueville 2014 offers a lovely deep ruby-red colour. The floral, fresh and complex nose reveals aromas of spices and redcurrants. The attack is smooth, elegant and subtle, leading into robust structure. The finish is elegant and long-lasting, carried along nicely by its tannins and nice ripe fruit
The currant and berry character with hints of chocolate is impressive on the nose. Full body, tangy acidity and soft and velvety tannins. It’s rich and satisfying. Second wine of Pichon Baron. Better in 2021. 92 Points, February 2017
Best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, Asian food, rich fish courses like tuna, salmon, mushrooms, truffle and pasta. Also pairs beautifully with soft and hard cheeses.