Pichon-Longueville Baron 2nd Growth is known for making muscular and powerful Bordeaux. The Grand Vin is sourced from 40 ha of fruit most of which is Cabernet Sauvignon; the balance is Merlot. A further 33 ha sees some Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot which is only used in their second wine. The vineyards are in the “golden mile” adjacent to Pichon Lalande and Chateau Latour. The Southern vines run into Leoville Las Cases and Leoville Poyferre in St Julien.
“Closed but promising, this is a tannic, masculine style of wine in 2006, with an inky bluish/purple colour as well as aromas of incense, charcoal, smoked meats, and the classic crème de cassis that one finds in the top Pauillacs. The aromatics are still retrained, but the wine is full-bodied in the mouth, tannic, backward, and set for a relatively long life. This is not one of the profound wines from Pichon-Longueville Baron, but it is certainly a top-flight success for the vintage.” Robert Parker 92 points Anticipated maturity: 2014-2028.
The powerhouse of the Left Bank. It contains three of the five first growth wines. And a wealth of other great Chateaux beyond that. It combines the cool charm of St-Julien to the South and the rugged richness of St-Estephe to the North and makes the wines that are often thought of as classic Bordeaux. Cabernet Sauvignon reigns here and expect wines that are built to last 40 years in a great vintage.
The noble variety of Bordeaux’s left bank. Firm tannins, a streak of acidity and punctuated by flavours of cassis, violets, spice and leather. The best examples can age for the long term. Although Cabernet does often require blending with Merlot, Cabernet Franc or Shiraz to fix the hole it has in its middle palate.
It gets a tough time most of the places it is grown. But in Pomerol and Saint-Emilion Merlot not only dominates but makes some of the best wines in the world. Perfume, silky and plush. Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon season the wines with structure and acid but in some places, like Petrus they are almost not needed.