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Château Pichon-Longueville Baron 2016

Château Pichon-Longueville Baron 2016

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Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 2016: A Pauillac Powerhouse with Finesse

Introduction

The 2016 Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron is a stunning wine from the Pauillac appellation in Bordeaux. This estate, renowned for its classic expression of the region, has crafted a truly exceptional vintage in 2016.  This wine promises a captivating drinking experience for collectors and connoisseurs alike.

Vineyard and Vinification

Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron boasts a 73-hectare vineyard planted predominantly with Cabernet Sauvignon (62%), alongside Merlot (32%), Cabernet Franc (4%), and Petit Verdot (2%).  The 2016 vintage benefitted from meticulous viticulture and selective harvesting.  The grapes were then vinified using traditional methods, with fermentation in temperature-controlled tanks.  The resulting wine was aged for 20 months in French oak barrels, 80% of which were new.

Tasting Notes

The 2016 Pichon Baron boasts a deep garnet-purple colour, hinting at the richness within the bottle.  On the nose, it explodes with a captivating bouquet of intense blackberry, cedar, and graphite aromas, quintessential of Pauillac.  Espresso and hints of slate add further complexity, creating an enticing invitation to explore the palate.

The first sip reveals a wine of remarkable concentration and structure. The 85% Cabernet Sauvignon shines through, delivering a powerful core of black fruit flavours – blackberry, dark cherry, mulberry, and plum.  These opulent fruit notes are beautifully complemented by 15% Merlot, which adds a touch of softness and elegance.  The influence of the new oak barrels is evident, gracing the wine with subtle hints of vanilla and spice.  Yet, it is carefully balanced, ensuring the focus remains on the purity of the fruit.

The mid-palate is expansive and structured, with firm yet well-integrated tannins that promise excellent ageing potential.  The finish is long and persistent, leaving lingering notes of black fruit, cedar, and a touch of minerality.

Food Pairing

The powerful structure and rich fruit character of the 2016 Pichon Baron make it a perfect match for a variety of robust dishes. Here are some suggested food pairings:

  • Red Meat: This wine pairs exceptionally well with grilled or roasted red meat, such as rib-eye steak, leg of lamb, or venison.
  • Game: The bold character of the wine complements the earthier flavours of game birds like pheasant or grouse.
  • Rich Cheeses: Pair this wine with mature cheddar, blue cheese, or a creamy Gruyère for a decadent cheeseboard experience.

Conclusion

The 2016 Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron is a magnificent wine from Pauillac.  It delivers everything one expects from a top-tier Bordeaux: power, finesse, elegance, and exceptional ageing potential.  This is a wine that will grace any dinner table and leave a lasting impression on your guests.

 

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