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12 x Chateau Pichon Baron 2012, 2ND GCC

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Case Size: x 0.75. The robe is a deep, intense red with darker tinges. The aromas are fresh, refined and delicate, with prominent red fruit (blackcurrant) alongside vivid dark berry notes (blackberry). On the palate the tannins are at once smooth and concentrated, crisp and distinguished. The 2012 boasts a rich tannic substance, marked by the subtle intensity of the Cabernet Sauvignon, particularly well-represented in this vintage.

  • VINTAGE: 2012

    GRAPE: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon , 20% Merlot

    ORIGIN: France - Bordeaux

    TASTE PROFILE: Robust Red - Powerful & Bold

    DELICIOUS WITH: Beef, Lamb, Game, Poultry

    SERVING TEMPERATURE:16 to 18°C

    IDEAL FOR: Dinner, Romantic dinner, Special occasion, Impress

    SIZE: 0.75

    EXPERT RATINGS: 93 - Robert Parker

    THE STORY: Chateau Pichon Baron and Chateau Pichon Lalande started out life together. At their inception, they were originally part of the same Bordeaux wine making estate in Pauillac. The chateau and Bordeaux vineyard of Pichon Baron acquired its name like many properties of the day, through marriage. This happened when Therese, daughter of the founder, received the estate as a dowry when she married Jacques de Pichon Longueville, the first President of the Bordeaux Parliament. This began the creation of what we now know of as Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron. Chateau Pichon Baron as we know it today changed because of the Baron Joseph de Pichon Longueville. He took over managing Pichon Baron when he was only 19 years old! When the Baron was 90, on the night of his death in 1850, he divided his Pauillac estate between his five children. Trying to be fair to everyone, his two sons received two fifths of the vineyard and the wine-making facilities; his three daughters received the other three fifths. The men were awarded what became Chateau Pichon Baron. The women were given what later became Chateau Pichon Lalande. It’s interesting to note, that Pichon Lalande, perhaps in part ended up producing the more sensuous style of Pauillac because it was managed by women, while Pichon Baron, which was run by men, even today creates a more masculine style of Bordeaux wine from the Medoc. For a few years, both properties were overseen by Baron Raoul de Pichon Longueville before the estate was finally divided in two forever. Pichon Baron remained in the Pichon-Longueville family until 1933. At that point, it was acquired by the Bouteiller’s who claimed they were direct descendants of the official wine steward to the King. Pichon Baron went through a difficult period in the 1960′s and 1970′s, due to a lack of investment. That changed when Pichon Baron was purchased by the AXA insurance group, which began the modern era for Pichon Baron. Jean-Michel Cazes of Chateau Lynch Bages was brought in to help run the estate. At the time of the purchase, the chateau, vineyards and Bordeaux wine making facilities were all in need of a major face lift. The vineyards were in need of replanting as only 33 hectares of vines were cultivated at the time of the purchase.

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