Les Tourelles de Longeville is the second wine of the 2ème cru classé Château Pichon Longueville Baron, once part of a larger estate that was divided in 1850 by Baron Joseph de Pichon Longueville, hence the presence of the separate but similarly named Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, also a 2ème cru classé. The Baron divided the estate between his five children; his two sons received two fifths of the vineyard and the wine-making facilities – Château Pichon Longueville Baron. The three daughters received the other three fifths – Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. For convenience they are commonly referred to as Pichon Baron and Pichon Lalande or Pichon Comtesse. Apparently Pichon Comtesse produces the more sensuous, feminine style of Pauillac, while Pichon Baron creates a more masculine style. Obviously.
Les Tourelles is primarily based on Merlot from a plot known as Sainte Anne in Pauillac, and in 2004 it was blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc of unknown proportions.
Considering Château Pichon Longueville Baron is supposed to make a masculine style Bordeaux, this second wine is very feminine. The first thing that struck me was its distinct but subtle elegant perfume, I’m pretty sure you can’t get floral infused oak barrels to age wine, but this is exactly what this smelt and tasted like, not oaky and floral but floral oak, both equally subtle and in perfect balance with each other, as if they were integrated first then added to the wine as one element, if that makes sense?! A medium bodied cassis style richness with juicy acidity and soft tannins make it highly moreish – and drinking perfectly right now.
This is a beautiful wine that I could drink a lot more of, but then at around £30 perhaps that’s exactly what it should be?!