With an illustrious history dating to the 17th Century, Pichon Baron has a story to tell. At one time, it was a part of the owner's daughter dowry. More recently, it is owned and operated by AXA Millésimes insurance Group!
Château Pichon Baron, located in Pauillac neighborsMouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild and Château Latour, all of which sell for 2-10x as much.
This Château dates back to the 17th century, when a famous wine merchant of the time: Pierre Desmezures de Rauzan bought the plots to create Enclos Rauza. Afterwards it became his daughter's dowry in her marriage to Jacques Pichon de Longueville and began what is known today as Pichon Baron. The story doesn’t end here. In 1851, construction of the iconic castle began. Later in 1855, the Château's wine was classified as Second Grand Cru Classé.
Even though the Château belonged to the same Pichon de Longueville family for many years, in 1933 it became the property of the Bouteiller family. Today, Château Baron belongs to the insurance group: AXA Millésimes and it was from here that the winery began its reconstruction and modernization in 1988.
Like almost all of Pauillac, the terroir from Château Baron is a dream site overlooking the Gironde river! The soils of the 180-acre estate are composed of quaternary gravel deposits, large pebbles and sand and an excellent maritime climate. No wonder why Pauillac has its great reputation!
With Christian Seely as the director since 2001 and Jean Rene Matignon as the winemaker, the winery continues to grow both in terms of wine and tourism, becoming one of the most prestigious Châteaux in the Médoc area, and a must-visit place! If you're in the area, this is truly a gem that you can’t miss!
Les Griffons de Pichon Baron is the second wine from the estate.
Blend: 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 48% Merlot.
Aging: 18 months in 60% new barrels
Tasting Notes: Deep, almost black color. Delicate aromas of black fruits and a hint of subtle, well-integrated wood. On the palate, is generous and full, with powerful and luscious tannins. The balance is rich and harmonious with tension. The finish is racy and refreshingly long. Pair this wine with game, grilled meat and aged cheeses.
The 2018 Les Griffons de Pichon Baron is matured in 60% new oak, and at the time of my tasting the wood is dominating the fruit. Christian Seely remarked that it has "pulled ahead" in the months since en primeur. That will be subsumed with time – wood and fruit seem proportionate to each other. The palate is quite dense and powerful, offering layers of toasty black fruit laced with white pepper and sage. This is one of the most intense Les Griffons that I have tasted, and it will need several years to temper those slightly abrasive tannins. In a word: big. ~92 Neal Martin
The 2018 Les Griffons de Pichon Baron is a powerful, dense wine bursting at the seams with Cabernet Sauvignon savoriness and structure. Crème de cassis, plum, licorice, lavender and grilled herbs are beautifully delineated in a brisk, vibrant Pauillac loaded with class. I very much like the sense of energy in the 2018. This is a very serious Pauillac. The blend is 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 48% Merlot. New oak is 60%. ~91-94 Antonio Galloni
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