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Posted on Sep 4, 2015 in Bordeaux, France, Spring/Summer, Wine Tasting France | 0 comments

Chateau Pichon Baron Vineyard

Chateau Pichon Baron Vineyard

 

Chateau Pichon Baron Vineyard

Using WAZE app to search for location

All chateaus visits this time, we used Waze App to find the right location. So far all were successful.

Sunday, June 7th

We visited Chateau Pichon Baron today. The winery was founded in the 17th century, the great century, in 1689 by Pierre Desmezures de Rauzan, who was a major wine merchant. The vines were part of his daughter’s dowry when she married Baron Jacques Pichon Longueville in 1694, and that is when the estate was born. It remained in the family for several generations.

Chateau Pichon Baron Vineyard

Le Garden

Chateau Pichon Baron Vineyard

Horse rail

Chateau Pichon Baron Vineyard

vineyard

Chateau Pichon Baron Vineyard

Pheromone to shoo away bees

Chateau Pichon Baron Vineyard

The oldest building in this property

Our tour guide was Leslie, who was fun and knowledgeable. She spoke English very well, which helped us. We were lucky because although there was another group that spoke English, we did not have to go around with them because they do not combine different tours. It was especially nice because that group finished before us, so we could spend more time there. We ended up buying some wines from them of various vintages.

Chateau Pichon Baron Vineyard

This area was built only for the visitors to have that “wow” effect

Chateau Pichon Baron is in the Pauillac appellation of Bordeaux; it is near the border with Saint-Julien-Beychevelle. It is classified as one of the fifteen Second Growths in the original Bordeaux Classification of 1855.  Pierre de Rauzan once owned it, but the estate was divided in 1850. The French insurance company AXA bought this estate in 1987 and Jean-Michel Cazes of Chateau Lynch-Bages is the administrator. Christian Seely, an Englishman, manages the property.

 

The winery maintains the traditional style. The gardens are simple and elegant: the grass is uniform and framed by lush bushes and trees. First we walked outside the chateau to the vineyards. Like other vineyards that we have visited, the wines stretch on as far as the eye can see, and, like the gardens, they are dense and green. They have the oldest building on the property near the vines, which is a solitary white tower, reminiscent of old Spanish windmills. Leslie explained how they keep the male bees away. They blend their Cabernet Sauvignon and their Merlot. They have 73 hectares of land, and they plant 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot, all of which are traditional elements in the Bordeaux blend. The vines are about 30 years old.

Chateau Pichon Baron Vineyard

The Chateau sitting elegantly in this property

Chateau Pichon Baron Vineyard

Beautiful chateau, sad..we did not go in there

Chateau Pichon Baron Vineyard

Sad lion and happy lion

Sad lion and happy lion – there is a history about why one lion is sad and the other is happy.

Chateau Pichon Baron Vineyard

Vat house

Chateau Pichon Baron Vineyard

Ageing room

Chateau Pichon Baron Vineyard

On the ground view

Chateau Pichon Baron Vineyard

Upper view – Amazing design!

The chateau itself is beautiful! It looks like a castle with found towards with pointed roofs flanking each side. Above the main door is a coat of arms with a sad and happy lion. Unfortunately we were not able to go inside the magnificent chateau. They have an amazing wine cellar and they still have an old vintage from 1872, or thereabouts! They hold onto those wines for future generations. We tasted the Chateau Pibran from 2012, les Tourelles de Longueville from 2012, and the Chateau Pichon Baron from 2012. We enjoyed the wine a lot and bought red wine from them. Their most famous vintages are from 1945, 1959, 1989, 1990, 2005, and 2009. The most recent famous vintages were banner years and we great for all of the wine regions.

Chateau Pichon Baron Vineyard

Portrait of Baron Joseph Pichon – Longueville (1760-1849)

Chateau Pichon Baron Vineyard

Coat of arms (taken with flash)

Chateau Pichon Baron Vineyard

Coat of arms (taken without flash)

Chateau Pichon Baron Vineyard

Leslie and I studying the coat of arms

Leslie is one of our favorite tour guide! She is fun and knowledgeable.

Chateau Pichon Baron Vineyard

Chateau Pichon Baron Logo in heart shaped

Chateau Pichon Baron Vineyard

Tasted these 3 wines

Chateau Pichon Baron Vineyard

Wine sells here

Chateau Pichon Baron Vineyard

Different sizes, buy according to your like

Chateau Pichon Baron Vineyard

Chateau Suduiraut is also here

Chateau Pichon Baron Vineyard

Chateau Suduiraut wines

Chateau Pichon Baron Vineyard

Bought these home!

We decided to skip dinner today because we had a very heavy lunch. It was a La Boucherie. I had the steak, which was not very good because it was chewy and over cooked.

Chateau Pichon Baron Vineyard

La Boucherie – one of the best dish

Chateau Pichon Baron Vineyard

Lunch here today La Boucherie

Chateau Pichon Baron Vineyard

A gift for my beloved Saigon Baby

Chateau Pichon Baron Vineyard

Saigon Baby opened her gift, but..hmmm?

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