Chateau Pichon- Longueville Baron 1990

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Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron

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Chateau Pichon- Longueville Baron 1990

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One bottle of this superb Chateau Pichon Baron 1990, Grand Cru Classe of Pauilac

Tasting note

"A remarkable vintage for Pichon Longueville Baron, 1990 is one of this estate’s two or three finest wines made in the last 40 years. Still inky/blue/purple-tinged to the rim, it reveals an extraordinary bouquet of charcoal, incense, creme de cassis, blue and black fruits, and a hint of licorice as well as an impressively long finish. While drinkable, its evolution is extremely slow, and I would not be surprised to see it last another two decades or more."  97 points Robert PARKER 2009

Chateau Pichon- Longueville Baron 

Chateau Pichon Baron and Chateau Pichon Lalande started out life together. At their inception, they were originally part of the same Bordeaux wine making estate in Pauillac. The chateau and Bordeau wine vineyard of Pichon Baron acquired its name like many properties of the day, through marriage. This happened when Thérèse, daughter of the founder, received the estate as a dowry when she married Jacques de Pichon Longueville, the first President of the Bordeaux Parliament. This began the creation of what we now know of as Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron.

Chateau Pichon Baron as we know it today changed because of the Baron Joseph de Pichon Longueville. He took over managing Pichon Baron when he was only 19 years old! When the Baron was 90, on the night of his death in 1850, he divided his Pauillac estate between his five children. Trying to be fair to everyone, his two sons received two fifths of the vineyard and the wine-making facilities; his three daughters received the other three fifths. The men were awarded what became Chateau Pichon Baron. The women were given what later became Chateau Pichon Lalande. It’s interesting to note, that Pichon Lalande, perhaps in part ended up producing the more sensuous style of Pauillac because it was managed by women, while Pichon Baron, which was run by men, even today creates a more masculine style of Bordeaux wine from the Medoc. For a few years, both properties were overseen by Baron Raoul de Pichon Longueville before the estate was finally divided in two forever.

Pichon Baron remained in the Pichon-Longueville family until 1933. At that point, it was acquired by the Bouteiller’s who claimed they were direct descendants of the official wine steward to the King.

Pichon Baron went through a difficult period in the 1960′s and 70′s, due to a lack of investment. That changed when Pichon Baron was purchased by the AXA insurance group, which began the modern era for Pichon Baron. Jean-Michel Cazes of Chateau Lynch Bages was brought in to help run the estate. At the time of the purchase, the chateau, vineyards and Bordeaux wine making facilities were all in need of a major face lift.

Jean-Rene Matignon started with the Left Bank Bordeaux property in 1985. In three short years, Pichon Baron once again began producing wines of world class quality. The first vintage that brought this historic estate back to prominence was the sublime 1989 followed by the even better 1990. When Jean-Michel Cazes retired from Pichon-Baron in 2000, Christian Seely was asked to take over the management of¨Pichon Baron as well as the other seven properties of the wine group including Château Suduiraut in Sauternes, Château Petit Village in Pomerol, Chateau Pibran in Pauillac and Quinta do Noval in Portugal. AXA also maintains and interest in Burgundy with Domaine de l’Arlot. Christian Seely has managed many of these estates since 1993. AXA also owns one of the larger Bordeaux wine negociant companies, Compagnie Medocaine.

Much of the wine made at Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron during the decades of the 1960′s, 1970′s and the 1980′s, were luck luster. Part of the problem could be due to the estates use of machine harvesting during much of those years. That practice stopped shortly after Jean Rene Matignon joined the team, in 1987. The first two great vintages of Pichon Baron produced in the modern era remain their 1989 and 1990. However, that was once again followed up by another decade of moderate wines. That all changed with the release of the 2000 Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron which was quickly followed by the 2003 and 2005. In fact now, the wines continue improving. 2009 Pichon Baron is sublime and in my opinion, the 2010 Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron is the best wine they have ever produced!

Pichon Baron produces rich, full bodied, spicy, concentrated, tannic and elegant Bordeaux wine. In the top vintages the wines age and improve for decades. While prices have risen, so has the quality. With so many great vintages starting with the 1989 and 1990 vintage, it’s hard to pick a favorite. Is it the 2000, 2005, 2009 or 2010? My vote is on the 2010. We’ll have to wait a decade or two before we know for sure.

The 73 hectare vineyards of Chateau Pichon Baron are planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. However, the Cabernet Franc and the Petit Verdot are reserved exclusively for the second wine. This marks a change in the makeup of the vineyard with the addition of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The vineyard is planted to a vine density is 9,000 vines per hectare using a double Guyot training. The average age of the vines is 30 years. However, the estate has old vines. The oldest vines date all the way back the 1930′s. While the vineyard occupies 73 hectares of vines, the grapes used for Pichon Baron come from the 40 best hectares in the vineyard. The vineyards of Pichon Baron are situated at the southern end of Pauillac, across the street from Pichon Lalande, not far from Chateau Latour and close to the St.Julien border. The soils are mostly deep gravel.

Producent Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron
Jaar 1990
Appellation Pauillac
Climat Nee
Flesgrootte 0,75 L
Aantal flessen 1
Conditie Nee
Waardering 97 Parker