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Specifications

Colour:

Red

Producer:

Château Pichon-Longueville

Region:

Bordeaux

Appellation:

Pauillac

Grape Blend:

Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot

Château Pichon Longueville Baron, 2ème Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2019

6x75cl £594.00

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Tasting Note:

If there's one Chateau we consistently under-rate, it's Pichon Longueville. We regularly have to eat our words as in bottle tastings consistently outperform our initial assessments. This year we will give the benefit of the doubt straight away - we didn't think the sample we were sent was representative. The Pibran and Tourelles samples were slightly oxidised and the Pichon lacked it's normal drama - it appeared lack-luster and bit tired. That said, there was still plenty of blue and black fruit on the palate and the nose hinted at some mineral complexity. We'll reserve judgement until it's in bottle.

"The 2019 Pichon-Longueville Baron is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Merlot, harvested from the 18th of September to the 11th of October. It is being aged in French oak barrels, 80% new, for 18 months. This grand vin represents 49% of the harvest. Very deep purple-black in color, the nose skyrockets from the glass with vibrant scents of freshly crushed blackberries, black raspberries and blackcurrant pastilles followed by perfumed sparks of fragrant earth, clove oil, lilacs, crushed rocks, molten chocolate and cinnamon toast. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with layer upon layer of black fruit, mineral and exotic spices, framed by beautifully ripe, finely-grained tannins and tons of freshness, finishing with a lingering soft-spoken whisper of floral and earth notions. This is an absolutely beguiling expression that is classic Pauillac and yet it is Pauillac like no other. 97-100/100". - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate

"The 2019 Pichon-Longueville Baron was picked from 18 September to 11 October, fermented between 25-29°C and aged in 80% new oak for a planned 18 months. This year it represents just under half the production from their 73 hectares of vine. It has a very refined bouquet, perhaps a little more understated than the 2018, a more cerebral nose with predominantly black fruit laced with cedar, tobacco and a beguiling estuarine scent that becomes more prominent with time. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit framed by super-fine tannins that lend this a silky smooth, creamy texture. Certainly this is a rich Pichon-Baron, though it retains all the classicism you could ask for. Very fine salinity comes through on the finish with a persistent spice; after tasted that beckons you back for more. This is an outstanding Pauillac. Tasted twice with consistent notes. 2025 - 2060 96-98/100". - Neal Martin, vinous.com

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