Primeurs 2016 | Chateau Pichon Baron: A Family Tradition in Pauillac
© Château Pichon Baron

Primeurs 2016 | Chateau Pichon Baron: A Family Tradition in Pauillac

Chateau Pichon Baron is a legendary estate located in the Pauillac appellation. Its beautiful architecture and beautifully produced wines are only parts of the legacy that surround this magnificent chateau.

A Great Century

The historical domain was created at the end of the 17th century, or the “Grand Siecle” (Great Century). Pierre Desmezures de Rauzan, respected and influential wine merchant for the Latour and Margaux estates, established the domain in 1689 when he purchased plots of land near Latour’s estate. These plots of land were included in his daughter’s dowry, after her marriage to Baron Jacques Pichon de Longueville in 1694. The chateau has remained in the family for several generations.

 

© Château Pichon Baron, A. Gariteai

© Château Pichon Baron, A. Gariteai

Divide and Conquer

The property was divided into two in 1850, Chateau Pichon Baron and Chateau Pichon Comtesse. Baron Raoul, the owner, commissioned an architect who helped create the Renaissance inspired chateau that we know today. Pichon Baron earned the status of Classified Second Growth in 1855. The Pichon de Longueville sold the estate to the Boutellier family in 1933.

After running the estate for almost 50 years, AXA Millesimes purchased the property in 1987. Their aim is to enable great wines from vineyards with glorious pasts to achieve their full potential. Collaborating with the Paris Popmidou Center, AXA Millesimes, held a competition which led to the reconstruction of the fermenting room and cellar.

 

An Exceptional Terroir/Legacy

Pichon Baron is composed of 73 hectares, planted on high quality gravel, sand, and pebbles. This composition is typical of the appellation, due to its proximity to the Gironde estuary. The gravel is perfect for the vines, the soil is low in nutrients which forces the vines to reach deep into the ground to gather nutrients. The average vine is 35 years old. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot are planted on separate plots. “Butte de Pichon Baron” is the plot of land that is devoted to producing the chateau’s great wine. It has been used for wine production since 1694.

Wine growers also contribute to the miraculous wines that Pichon Baron produces. The grapes and vines are meticulously cared for. Winegrowing is a constant battle between improving quality and mastering yields.

Modernisation and the Legacy of Pichon Baron

AXA Millesimes added a majestic ornamental pool that reflects the beautiful facade. Since 2008, the chateau has had an underground cellar with views of the sky and the water. The new barrel cellar complements the production process of the purest expressions of Pauillac terroir.

© Château Pichon Baron, P. Blan

© Château Pichon Baron, P. Blan

Chateau Pichon Baron Wines

Chateau Pichon Baron is a magnificent wine from the Pauillac appellation. It offers a profound and intense sensory experience that is very complex. Chateau Pichon Baron develops an intense and complex finish in the mouth. It is a wine that improves with age, and can age for more than 40 years in a cellar.

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