Chateau Pichon Baron 2eme Grand Cru Classe, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France 2018

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103370

"Full-bodied, voluptuous and oh-so-seductive, the palate reveals layer upon layer of savory, earthy and black fruit preserves, framed by wonderfully ripe, velvety tannins and lovely freshness, finishing very long and perfumed. Beautiful." Robert Parker

£160.00
Total £160.00
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Grape Blend Cabernet Sauvignon 78%, Merlot 22%
Optimum Drinking 2020-2045+
Winemaker Jean-René Matignon
Organic No
Reviewer Score 97-99
Reviewer Robert Parker
SKU 103370

This elegant, turreted mid-19th century château, which derives its name from Jacques de Pichon, Baron of Longueville who began planting vineyards in the 17th century, was one of the appellation's greatest underachievers up until the mid-80s – barely living up to its lofty second growth status. Then along came AXA, the giant insurance conglomerate.

AXA employed Jean-Michel Cazes to take charge of the winemaking and vineyards, and the turnaround was nothing short of dramatic, the estate rising to superstar status amongst Bordeaux's elite in the 1990s. The estate is often referred to as a 'super second' these days, its wines belying its second growth classification.

This is a robust, full-bodied and muscular wine, yet is remarkable for its balance. Immensely skilful winemaking on display here. The richness of fruit reminds of summer pudding but there is also a notable savoury element here too, with iron minerality working in the background. Complex, deep flavoured and stunning.

"Very deep purple-black colored, it begins a little coy, rolling slowly and languidly out of the glass with notions of baked raspberries, blueberry coulis, crème de cassis and incense plus nuances of lilacs, truffles, damp soil and garrigue with wafts of lavender and wild sage. Full-bodied, voluptuous and oh-so-seductive, the palate reveals layer upon layer of savory, earthy and black fruit preserves, framed by wonderfully ripe, velvety tannins and lovely freshness, finishing very long and perfumed. Beautiful." Robert Parker

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