Château Pichon-Longueville Baron, 2009

Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

Château Pichon-Longueville Baron, 2009

Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

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£137.50
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£137.50

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Grape Varietes: Cabernet Sauvignon 67%, Merlot 33% Wine Style: Left Bank Bordeaux Winemaker: Jean-René Matignon Optimum Drinking: 2018-2045 Reviewer Rating: 98 Reviewer: Robert Parker Code: 102174 Alcohol: 13%
Estate Notes

Château Pichon-Longueville Baron 2009 comes from a great left bank Bordeaux vintage

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.

Reviews

"An inky/blue/purple color is followed by aromas and flavors of incense, flowery black currants, and subtle smoke and oak. This full-bodied 2009, which exhibits wonderful intensity, purity, and length, is an exceptional effort, but in this vintage, it must take a back seat to some of its peers, such as Pichon Lalande, Pontet-Canet and Lynch-Bages, not to mention all the first-growths. Nevertheless, it is a beautiful wine..." Robert Parker