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In the 17th century, the whole of the two Châteaux Pichon-Longueville belonged to Pierre des Mesures de Rauzan, an important landowner of the Médoc, whose daughter married Jacques de Pichon, Baron de Longueville. Pichon-Baron benefits from an exceptional location close to Château-Latour: half of the estate is on the same soil as that of the famous premier vintage. In the 19th century, Baron Joseph de Pichon-Longueville left two-fifths of the vineyard to his son Raoul, and the remaining three-fifths to his daughters, Comtesse Sophie de Pichon-Longueville, Comtesse de Lalande and Vicomtesse de Lavaur. Not having had descendants, Comtresses Sophie de Pichon-Longueville and de Lavaur left their shares to their sister the Comtesse de Lalande.
In 1935, Baron Raoul de Pichon-Longueville sold his property to the Bouteiller family. In 1987 Pichon-Baron was sold, and Jean-Michel Cazes (proprietor of Château Lynch Bages and Château Les Ormes de Pez) brought in as administrator.
Chateau Pichon-Baron-Longueville, Pauillac, Bordeaux Château Pichon-Longueville Baron, a leading Pauillac 2éme Cru Classé estate, is one of Bordeaux's most illustrious "super seconds". In 1987 it was bought by the AXA Millésimes Group, who also own Cantenac-Brown, Petit-Village, Suduiraut. The Cabernet-dominated Pichon-Longueville Baron is a more muscular, tannic and full-bodied wine than that of its neighbour across the road, Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. Recently winemaker Jean-Réné Matignon has astonished even Pichon's most enthusiastic fans with the quality of this wine. The wine of Chateau Pichon Baron has been well received by critics since the late 1980s, garnering high praise from critics like Robert Parker and Jancis Robinson. Experts describe the style of the wine as masculine and tannic, a textbook example of Pauillac's terroir.
Chateau Pichon Longueville 2000 Bordeaux
The fairytale château at Pichon-Baron is a fitting venue for this extremely hedonistic wine. The beaming winemaker Jean-Réné Matignon has once again made a sleek, sexy wine in 2005. With an intoxicating perfumed nose and a powerful, velvety palate of black cherries this ripe, polished, minerally wine is pure Pauillac. $125.07
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