The estate was founded in the late 17th Century. This period was known as the Grand Siècle, or “great century”, in reference to Louis XIV’s 1661 accession to the French throne.
In 1689 Pierre Desmezures de Rauzan, an influential wine merchant and steward of the prestigious Latour and Margaux estates, bought plots of vines close to the Latour estate to create Enclos Rauzan.
These vines were part of his daughter Thérèse’s dowry when she married Baron Jacques Pichon de Longueville in 1694, the year in which the Pichon Baron estate was founded. An illustrious estate, with an enduring reputation, was born. It remained in the same family for generations.,
A Duty of Care
The winegrower helps orchestrate nature’s miracle, adapting the work according to each year’s meteorological conditions.
Winegrowing is precise and meticulous and demands rigorous attention to detail. The winegrower is close to the earth protecting and nurturing its plants in order to achieve the highest quality of fruit. This daily care of the vineyard is an essential element in the final quality of the wine that will be revealed in the cellar.
At Château Pichon Baron, winegrowing is painstaking and traditional with the unending aim of improving quality and mastering yields.
Pichon Baron’s planting density is 9,000 vines per hectare. Yield per plot is limited according to age and varietal. Harvesting is done exclusively by hand to bring the grapes to the winery in the best possible condition. Bunches are selected by varietal, vine age and plot. This selection process is of vital importance. It requires a well-trained staff, able to discern the different stages of maturity in the vineyard.
The Wines of Pichon Baron
Our Grand Vin Château Pichon Baron, classified as a 2nd Grand Cru Classé in 1855, is made with grapes from the oldest vines on the estate’s historic plots.
This quintessential Pauillac offers an intense and profound sensory experience of great complexity. Château Pichon Baron exhibits elegance, intensity and exceptional length on the palate. It is a wine that improves year after year and can age for over 40 years in the cellar.