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2020 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron En Primeur

Pichon-Baron have made a real blockbuster this year, "hands down one of the most impressive wines of 2020" according to Antonio Galloni (96-98 points). 

We found it a muscular, intense wine with dark, powerful fruit and an energetic, mineral character.  Lisa Perotti-Brown MW finds this muscular character too, using uncharacteristic language, describing it as "built like a brick house (95-97+ points)".  Pichon-Baron is frequently overshadowed by its slightly more glamorous sibling Pichon-Lalande, but with these scores and at £663 per six versus Lalande at £807, it is a compelling buy.


Bordeaux En Primeur, Landing in spring 2023

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Château Pichon-Longueville Baron, Pauillac

Producer Profile

Château Pichon-Longueville Baron, Pauillac

Château Pichon-Longueville Baron is a Deuxième Cru Classé estate in the commune of Pauillac.  Originally part of a single estate known as Pichon with Pichon-Lalande, Pichon-Baron became a separate estate when, in 1850, in a Lear-like move, Baron Joseph de Pichon Longueville divided the estate between his five children on his death bed.  His sons received the Pichon-Baron lands and his daughters received what became Pichon-Lalande.  

Pichon Baron continued in the ownership of the Pichon-Longueville family until 1933.  The estate was in decline through the 1960s and 70s until it was acquired by AXA insurance, who installed Jean-Michel Cazes to improve quality.  Cazes was succeeded by Christian Seely in 2000, ushering in a new phase of far more successful vintages.

The 73 hectare vineyard is split into 4 plots and further subdivided into many small parcels, planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.


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