About the Wine
Les Tourelles de Longueville is one of the second wines of the property. Named after the turrets that embellish the château, it embodies the charm of the estate. The grapes that are used to blend the wine come essentially from the Sainte Anne plot, planted mainly to merlot, giving to it a distinctive personality. Les Tourelles de Longueville is an invitation to enter a world of flavour, charm, roundness and sensual delight. This wine provides an introduction to the spirit of Pichon Baron and can be enjoyed young or aged in the cellar for 15 years or more.
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!
Aging: 18 months in 60% new barrels
Tasting Notes: Merlot, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. The nose offers aromas of very ripe red fruit, black cherry and mild spices. The attack is silky, delicate and smooth. The persistent, subtle and intense finish is underpinned by the freshness of the fruit. The tannins are fresh and harmonious. As a whole it is full, opulent and luscious. It is a well-balanced wine, accessible and vigorous, elegant and powerful.
2015 Les Tourelles de Longueville
The 2015 Les Tourelles de Longueville is a blend of 55% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot that will be aged in 70% one-year-old barrels and 30% new wood. Harvest was between 18 September and 9 October, the fruit mainly from the "Sainte-Anne" terroir. It has a winsome bouquet in the making, almost Margaux-like with its hints of wilted violet petals coming through. The oak is nicely integrated here, as it is on the palate, medium-bodied with fine, saturated tannin, well-judged acidity, and impressive depth on the tensile finish. An impressive Les Tourelles that, as always, has one eye on commercial appeal. ~92 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This Merlot-dominant wine comes from a vineyard not too far from the river. It has acidity, freshness and a soft rounded texture. The black fruit is generous, soft and opulent. There are just enough tannins to give it a great shape. ~92 Wine Enthusiast
2016 Les Tourelles de Longueville
Deliciously ripe and balanced with attractive, earthy nuances, surrounding ripe-plum and red-berry aromas and flavors. Sheet-like tannins layer up neatly and build a long, esteemed finish. Second wine of Pichon Baron. Try from 2023. ~94 James Suckling
The more Merlot-dominated cuvée, the 2016 Les Tourelles de Longueville is a beauty in 2016 and is a fare click better than the 2015. Fleshy, forward, medium to full-bodied, and straight-up sumptuous, with lots of cassis, cedary herbs, and spice-driven aromatics, it’s another terrific wine from this estate. It’s certainly the more approachable of the trio and ideal for drinking over the coming 10-15 years. ~92 Jeb Dunnuck
The 2016 Les Tourelles de Longueville is a blend of 58% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot (from young vines that are destined to go into the Grand Vin one day, according to Christian Seely), matured in 30% new oak for 12 months. It offers a mixture of red and black fruit on the nose, just a touch of melted tar with fine delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with quite a powerful opening, dense black fruit tinged with graphite, a solid Deuxième Vin with a slightly aloof finish (at least at the moment). There is a pleasant graphite note lingering long on the aftertaste that completes a fine Pauillac to enjoy over the next 12-15 years. ~92 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2017 Les Tourelles de Longueville
A medium-bodied red with currants, smoked tobacco and some graphite character. Chewy and juicy. Plenty of fruit and intensity. Drink after 2021. ~92 James Sucklins
A blend of 55% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the 2017 Les Tourelles De Longueville is all about elegance and finesse, with silky tannins and no hard edges. It has classic Merlot ripe cherry and raspberry notes as well as cedary herbs, spice, and a hint of violets. Beautifully balanced, with a great mid-palate, it's another terrific 2017 that's going to drink nicely for 10-15 years at a minimum. ~92 Jeb Dunnuck
2018 Les Tourelles de Longueville
Aromas of currants, walnuts and blackberries follow through to a full-bodied palate with fine, chewy tannins and a linear finish. Shows polish and beautiful length. Lovely second wine. Try after 2025. ~94 James Suckling
The more Merlot-dominated 2018 Les Tourelles De Longueville (66% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) is a rocking little Pauillac with loads of red and black currant fruits, toasted spiced, dried tobacco, and earthy goodness on the nose. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and beautifully textured, it's well worth seeking out and is going to evolve for 10-15 years. ~93 Jeb Dunnuck
One of the two second wines from this estate, this is dominated by Merlot, giving a rounded, jammy character that is comfortably filled out with generous tannins. With chocolate and spice flavors, the wine is developing well. Drink from 2025. ~93 Wine Enthusiast
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