It was during the 17th Century that Jacques de Pichon, Baron de Longueville, and his father-in-law, Pierre de Rauzan, first established the vineyard of Pichon-Longueville This estate, in southern Pauillac region of Bordeaux, was handed down among the male heirs for several generations, until the death of Joseph de Pichon-Longueville. At that time, the single large estate was then split – according to Napoleonic law – into separate estates to be divided among the children. With one of the male heirs deceased, Raoul de Pichon-Longueville inherited two shares of Château Pichon-Longueville, and three shares were passed on to the family daughters, ultimately becoming Château Pichon-Lalande.
In 1851, Raoul razed the manor house and built the current château. Classified a 2nd Growth in 1855, Pichon-Baron’s wines continued to live up to their reputation through most of the 20th Century, but unfortunately declined in stature by the 1970-1980s. At this point, Jean-Michel Cazes and AXA Millésimes became involved in resurrecting its estate’s reputation, and AXA completed its purchase of the Château and vineyards in 1987. After a complete restoration, and now under the management of Christian Seely and technical director Jean- René Matignon, the estate is back to 2nd growth form.
The warm and humid weather here is from the estate’s proximity to the Gironde, which, combined with its gravely soils produces powerful Cabernet-based wines that are at once muscular, yet elegant. Working with older vines develops a profound a respect for the past – as well as the future – since planting decisions made by one generation affects production for the following generation.
Join us at Château Pichon-Longueville, as we visit with
Jean- René Matignon and Christian Seely, to hear what is old, and what is new, with this great estate.
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