Chateau Pichon Baron as we know it today changed because of the Baron Joseph de Pichon Longueville. He took over making the Bordeaux wine and managing Pichon Baron when he was only 19 years old! When the Baron was 90, on the night of his death in 1850, he divided his Pauillac estate between his five children. Trying to be fair to everyone, his two sons received two fifths of the vineyard and the wine-making facilities; his three daughters, the other three fifths. The men were awarded what we know now of as Pichon Baron and the women were given what later became Pichon Lalande.It’s interesting to note, that Pichon Lalande, perhaps in part ended up producing the more sensuous style of Pauillac because it was managed by women, while Pichon Baron, which was run by men, produced a more masculine style of Bordeaux wine from the Medoc. For a few years, both properties were overseen by Baron Raoul de Pichon Longueville before the estate was finally divided in two forever. Read more...
This is mouthfilling, with terrifically dense yet graceful layers of roasted coffee, warm fig sauce, currant preserves and Kenya AA coffee. The powerful finish blends iron-clad tannins and a hint of loam. Cuts a broad swath, but remains pure. Destined for a long life.
Big, smoky and juicy wine, with the fruit packing in its acidity over the dark, complex tannins. Black currants are ripe, intense, giving a beautiful as well as severely structured wine.
A prodigious, blockbuster effort from Pichon Longueville Baron, the 2010 is reminiscent of this estate's titanic offerings in 1989 and 1990, but may be even greater with 30 years of longevity. Kudos to proprietor AXA and general director Christian Seeley. It was absolutely compelling on each of the three times I tasted it. Black/purple-colored with super concentration and richness as well as full body, it offers an awesome display of creme de cassis, blackberry liqueur, licorice, camphor and spring flowers. Stunningly pure and unctuously textured with high but sweet, well-integrated tannins, this superstar of the vintage is definitely a wine to purchase as a future. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2040.
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