Tourelles de longueville 2009

Tourelles de longueville 2009
A towering achievement.

It seems paradoxical to describe a Pauillac second growth as an up-and-coming Chateau, however, Pichon Longueville has come a long way in the last fifteen years (an is still tracking on an upward trajectory). AXA’s flagship estate certainly can’t be accused of resting on their laurels – one can almost feel the ambition when you visit the estate. A succession of fabulous vintages reveals both how consistent and how profound Pichon Longueville has become.

Perhaps the effort that Christian Seely and Co. have made is best demonstrated by the glorious second wine, Les Tourelles de Longueville. We recently tasted the 2009 and were astonished by the quality. The bouquet is wonderfully perfumed with notes of Asian spice, violets, cedar and sweet plums. The palate is awash with gloriously velvety fruit, which just lasts and lasts. There is such an effortless grace and nobility to the flavours that one can quite easily forget that it is a second wine.

‘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