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Beltramo's Wines & Spirits
1540 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025

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2009 Château Pichon-Longueville-Baron - Pauillac (750ml)

Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron and Chateau Pichon Comtesse de Lalande were originally part of the same Bordeaux wine making estate. The chateau and Bordeau wine vineyard acquired its name like many properties of the day, through marriage. This happened when Thérèse, daughter of the founder, received the estate as a dowry when she married Jacques de Pichon Longueville, the first President of the Bordeaux Parliament. Thus began the history of one of the most famous Bordeaux wine vineyards.

The property as we know it today changed because of the Baron Joseph de Pichon Longueville. He took over making the Bordeaux wine and the running of the estate when he was only 19 years old. When the Baron was 90, on the night of his death in 1850, he divided the property between his five children. Trying to be fair to everyone, he applied the simplest mathematical rules: his two sons were to receive 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 as Pichon Baron and the women were given what became Pichon Lalande. For a few years, both properties were overseen by Baron Raoul de Pichon Longueville before the estate was divided in two.

Pichon-Baron remained in the Pichon-Longueville family until 1933. At that point, it was acquired by the Bouteiller's. The Bouteiller's were direct descendents of the official wine steward to the King.

The property went through a difficult period in the 1960's and 70's, due to a lack of investment. That changed when Pichon Baron was purchased by the AXA insurance group. Jean-Michel Cazes of Chateau Lynch Bages was brought in to help run the estate. At the time of the purchase, the chateau, vineyards and Bordeaux wine making facilities were in need of major upgrading.

Jean-Rene Matignon started with the Bordeaux property in 1985. In three short years, Pichon Baron once again began producing wines of world class quality. The first vintage that brought this historic estate to prominence was the sublime 1989 followed by the even better 1990.

Pichon Baron produces rich, full bodied, spicy, concentrated and elegant Bordeaux wine. In the top vintages the wines age and improve for decades. While prices have risen, so has the quality.

98 points Wine Advocate:
:Revealing incredible quality and performing better than it did from barrel, the 2009 appears to be the greatest Pichon Longueville Baron since the 1990 and 1989. An amazing opaque blue/purple color is followed by scents of spring flowers, graphite, smoky charcoal, incense, blackberries, blueberries and hints of coffee and chocolate. Incredibly intense, pure and flawlessly constructed with extravagant layers of fruit and richness, this offering has developed beautifully under the management of Christian Seeley. It is a voluptuous, opulent Pichon Longueville Baron that may eclipse anything they have made in the past. This brilliant wine should be at its peak between 2018 and 2045. Robert Parker #199Feb 2012


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