Wine "Les Griffons de Pichon Baron", Pauillac AOC, 2012
The wine is matte dark purple.
The taste of the wine is bright, cheerful, fresh, fruity, roundish, with flexible tannins and a soft texture. A long aftertaste with notes of liquorice and red berries.
The concentrated aroma of wine abounds with notes of ripe sweet fruit, black currant, blackberry and plum, surrounded by nuances of spices, licorice root, undergrowth, cedar, anise, mint and moist earth.
The wine goes well with red meat, game and cheeses.
Red dry wine "Les Griffons de Pichon Baron", 2012 is made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon varieties (60%) and Merlot (40%). Grapes are grown on gravel-rich sites located near the mouth of the Gironde River. Harvest is collected manually, each variety is fermented separately in steel tankers at a controlled low temperature. The wine lasts 18 months in oak barrels, 60% of which are new, and 40% are annual ones. Red dry French wine "Le Griffon de Pichon Baron" is suitable both for immediate pleasure and for storage in appropriate conditions for more than 20 years.
The magnificent and picturesque Chateau Pichon Baron Castle, built in 1861 by the order of Raúl de Pichon-Longuil, belonged to the Pichon Longueville family until the 1920s. Then its owners changed, but a really new life began after 1987, when the castle was acquired by the insurance company AXA, which also owns Chateau Suduiro, Peti Villaj and Chateau Pibran. The new owners completely refurbished the castle and invited Jean-Michel Cas of Château Lynch-Bage to supervise the production process and the condition of the vineyards. Huge funds were invested in the construction of a modern wine cellar and a new filling line. Jean-Michel Kaz did a lot to ensure that the quality of the wine produced is much higher. The timing of harvesting has been changed, the quality of berries has been improved, the percentage of new oak barrels has been increased, and the second wine brand has been launched. The Château Pichon Baron Vineyards occupy 73 hectares of typical gravel soils, on which 65% of Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% of Merlot are planted. Since 2017, the estate is managed by Aymeric Hervy.
The Chateau Pichon-Longueville Manor was founded in the late 17th century. In 1689 Pierre Desremesres de Rauzan, an influential wine merchant and manager of the prestigious Luturian and Margos manor houses, bought plots of vines close to the estate of Latour to create Enclos Rauzan. These vines were part of the dowry of his daughter Theresa when she married Baron Jacques Pichon de Longuville in 1694, the year the estate of Pichon Baron was founded. A famous estate with a solid reputation was born.
In 1850 the property was divided into two parts. The section of Baron Raul Pichon de Longuville became the estate of Pichon Baron. The second section, belonging to his three sisters, became Pichon Comtesse. During the 1855 Universal Exhibition, wine was classified as a second class Grand Cru Classé in accordance with the ranking system requested by Emperor Napoleon III, who wanted to showcase the splendid Bordeaux wines. In 1933, the Pichon de Longuville family sold the property to the Buteylier family, which for more than 50 years ran Chateau Pichon Baron.
In 1987, the estate was bought by AXA Millésimes, whose aim is to provide excellent wines from vineyards with a glorious past. In cooperation with the Center of Paris, Pompidou organized an architectural competition, which provided them with new buildings. The complex reconstruction of the fermentation room and basement, as well as the reconstruction of the castle, began in 1988. Since then, the image of the castle of the XIX century was reflected in the ornamental basin, which majestically stretches before him. And since 2008, its silvery space hides an underground cellar, reminiscent of the "Nautilus" by Jules Verne, overlooking the water and the sky.