Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Bordeaux Châteaux – Pichon Baron

Bordeaux's Châteaux hold a rich history not only in making great wines but also in the magnificent buildings themselves. There are grand imposing buildings with great edifices and fairy tale châteaux which look as if they are straight from the tales of magical story books.

Château Longueville au Baron de Pichon-Longueville – commonly known as Château Pichon Baron – was built in 1851 by Raoul de Pichon-Longueville who had the old manor house demolished. The wine cellars extend beneath the fish pool which allows the cool waters above to moderate the temperatures below. Château Pichon Baron was once part of a larger estate and in 1850 the estate was divided into the 2 current Pichon estates: Château Pichon Baron and Château Pichon Lalande.

The château lies at the southern end of Pauillac near border with the Saint Julien and it's wines are one of Bordeaux's most illustrious "super seconds". Paulliac is sandwiched between Saint Estèphe to the north and Saint Julien to the south on the River Gironde as it widens into its estuary. The town of Pauillac itself is a small port which has shipped wines since ancient times.

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