2020 Château Pichon-Longueville (Baron), Cru Classé Pauillac

The 2020 Pichon-Baron is a stunning Pauillac. Stony and complex, with very fine yet considerable tannins and a long and mineral finish, this is impeccably balanced and very pure. An impressive wine from Christian Seely and his team. Strictly limited to 12 bottles per customer.

Critic score
96.5/100
Pricing
Bottle
En primeur
In stock
£135.58
Case, 6 Bottles
En primeur
In stock
£813.48

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Pauillac, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Maturity
    Young 2027 - 2050
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2020 Château Pichon-Longueville (Baron), Cru Classé Pauillac

TASTING NOTES

This young Bordeaux is totally seamless with fine, velvet-like tannins that are integrated and refined. Underlying freshness and verve. It’s full-bodied, linear and long with a compact palate.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (May 2021)
97—98/100

Cask sample. This has all the succulence and richness that is missing from their Griffons. Complete, balanced, smooth and perfumed to finish, with long floral fragrance. Lives up to its reputation.

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (May 2021)
17.5/20

The 2020 Pichon Baron underwent an early picking with relatively low yields. A blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot, it has a very tight nose at first that demands 15–20 minute coaxing in the glass. It eventually reveals enticing blackberries, blueberries and hints of balsamic and undergrowth, all very precise; crushed rock scents surface with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, fine-grained tannins and touches of hoisin toward a dense but structured finish of unerring symmetry. Tasted from test tube sample and regular 75cl bottle.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (May 2021)
(95—97)/100

Intense, concentrated, rippling with power while still delivering finesse. A muscular Pichon Baron, layered with liquorice and chocolate shavings. Unmistakably Pauillac, and hugely Cabernet dominant, with savoury spice notes of grilled cumin and the same muscular, saline-backed tannins that you find in Les Griffons, just here with more definition and depth. 70% new oak for 18 months, 48% of overall production. Harvest September 14 to 30. Yields on the old vines here just above 30hl/ha.

Jane Anson, Decanter (May 2021)
96/100
Château Pichon-Longueville (Baron)

The Grand Vin of Pichon-Longueville (Baron) is made from a selection of vines known as the ‘Butte de Pichon Baron’. This historic Pauillac parcel was already producing wine when the estate was formed in 1694, acquired by Baron Jacques Pichon de Longueville as part of his wedding dowry (although those original vines have long since gone). The vineyards were split in 1850 between the children of Baron Joseph Pichon de Longueville and so, Pichon-Baron (as it is now more commonly called to separate it from its rival estate) was born. In 1987 it was bought by the AXA insurance group who own several other Bordeaux estates. They installed a state-of-the-art winery, and hired Jean-Michel Cazes (from Château Lynch-Bages), and more recently Christian Seely, to impart their substantial expertise. Like its rival Pichon-Lalande, the estate's well-placed 73 hectares of vines run adjacent to First Growth, Château Latour.

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