Chateau Pichon Baron 2eme Grand Cru Classe, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France 2008
"a dark and intense colour. The spectrum of aromas is broad, ranging from spices (pepper) to red and black fruit (cherry and blackberry), plus wood (cigar box) and toast. The range of flavours is every bit as impressive, the tannins are delicate and fleshy, and volume on the palate
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.