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Both the 1989 and 1990 vintages exhibit opaque, dense purple colors that suggest massive wines of considerable extraction and richness. The dense, full-bodied 1989 is brilliantly made with huge, smoky, chocolatey, cassis aromas intermingled with scents of toasty oak. Well-layered, with a sweet inner-core of fruit, this awesomely endowed, backward, tannic, prodigious 1989 needs another 5-6 years of cellaring; it should last for three decades or more. It is unquestionably a great Pichon-Longueville-Baron.
"2ème Cru", second growth classified in 1855. The vineyard of Pichon Baron (such called to distinguish it from his neighbour Pichon Longueville Comtesse of Lalande) is stuck to the which of Latour, on one of the most beautiful soils of Pauillac. In the XVIIth century, Jacques de Pichon, Baron de Longueville, started to set up the vineyard of Pichon Logueville. The present castle was constructed in 1851 by Raoul de Pichon-Longueville. In 1988, the castle was restored with ambition by Axa. In the same time, Jean-Michel Cazes, from Lynch Bages, was called to improve the results. Decade 90 was the beginning of intensely powerful and dense wines, finally worthy of this exceptional gravely soil.
Owner: AXA Millésimes
Administrator: Christian Seely
Manager: Jean-René Matignon
Cellar master: Patrick Pinto
Vineyard manager: Joël Dupuy
Oenologist: Jacques Boissenot/Daniel Llose
Blend of the 1989 vintage: 3% Cabernet Franc, 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot
Soil: Graves from the Garonne river
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