Chateau Pichon Baron, a leading Pauillac 2éme Cru Classé estate, is one of Bordeaux's most illustrious 'Super Seconds'.
The estate dates back to the 17th century, with its majestic chateau being added 200 years later. 1988 saw a complete restructuring of the vat house and winery, with the addition of state-of-the-art facilities. It is one of Bordeaux's most historic vineyards, having been given to Baron Jacques Pichon de Longueville in 1694 as part of his wife Thérese's dowry. It remained in the family for generations, only being sold to the Bouteiller family in 1933, and passing to AXA Millésimes in 1987, who immediately set about modernising it.
The 73 hectares of vineyards are planted with 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, which are meticulously divided into separate plots. Each plot receives specific care and attention adapted to its particular profile. The terroir's best land - the 'Butte de Pichon Baron' - is devoted entirely to the production of the Grand Vin, and is counted amongst the estate's historic plots. Pichon Baron also produces two second wines, Tourelles de Longueville, and Les Griffons de Pichon Baron. The best of Pichon Baron's wines are complex, muscular, and layered with blackcurrant, vanilla, and cigar box aromas. They require cellaring for at least 10 years.