Celebrating the end of yet another calendar year, this is the first of four “Throwback Thursday” mailers highlighting some of our favourite offers from 2016 which you may have missed. To kick off the series, a second-wine from one of the most iconic and certainly most beautiful Chateau in Bordeaux, which we think deserves a place on every Christmas table: Les Tourelles de Longueville 2009.
It seems paradoxical to describe a Pauillac second growth as an up-and-coming Chateau, however, Pichon Baron has come such a long way in the last fifteen years and it is still continuing to thrill on a yearly basis. A succession of fabulous vintages reveals both how consistent and how profound Pichon Baron has become.
Perhaps the effort that Christian Seely and his team have made is best demonstrated by the glorious second wine, Les Tourelles de Longueville. We recently re-tasted the 2009 and were left even more impressed than our previous encounter.
The bouquet is richly perfumed with notes of cigar box, cedar and sweet plums. The palate is awash with gloriously velvety blackcurrant fruit wreathed in a soft cloak of tannin. It’s classed growth quality at a sensible price and you can have it on your table at home for £35 per bottle.
‘The second wine of Pichon Baron, the Les Tourelles de Longueville, is the best second effort I have tasted from this estate. An equal part blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is very seductive, with loads of black fruits, an almost caramelized note, low acidity and voluptuous texture. Endearing and pure, this full-bodied second wine is better than many vintages of the grand vin from the 1940s and 1950s. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. 90/100’. - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #199
'A polished, fleshy, forward style, with velvety-textured notes of crushed plum, fig sauce and mulled cherry fruit laced with sweet spice and cocoa hints. A licorice edge drives the finish along. Drink now through 2018. 10,000 cases made. 91 points.' - James Molesworth, Wine Spectator