Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron Pauillac 2011
Planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the 2nd Growth estate of Pichon-Baron, has vines which average 30+ years. The property consistently produces top flight wines, and is often referred to as a 'super-second' performing well above its official pedigree. AXA hired Jean-Michel Cazes formerlof Lynch-Bages to oversee the vineyard and winemaking in the early 1980s through 2000 which initiated a quality renaissance that continues today.
|Region||France, Bordeaux, Pauillac|
|Brand||Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron|
James SucklingVery pretty aromas of currants and blueberries with hints of flowers. Full body with silky tannins and a fruity finish. Refined. Very polished tannins. 92-93
Wine SpectatorShows a taut feel for now, with lots of cassis and blackberry fruit, lined with iron and bramble notes. Dark and well-toasted yet integrated overall, this should stretch out after moderate cellaring, as there's an ample core of dark, fleshy fruit. Best from 2016 through 2028.
Wine AdvocateIts bigger, more famous sibling, the 2011 Pichon Longueville Baron exhibits a dense ruby/purple color, an opulent mouthfeel for a 2011, silky tannins and no hard edges. Medium-bodied and well-endowed, it is a major success in this vintage. It should hit its stride in 3-4 years and last for 15+.