Les Tourelles de Longueville 2008
Product Code: 10067/08
The grapes from the younger wines at Château Pichon-Longueville Baron, a leading Pauillac Second Growth Cru Classé, make this affordable second wine. "Soft, perfumed and delicious" Wine Spectator magazine 92 points.
Les Tourelles de Longueville is the second wine of Château Pichon-Longueville Baron, a leading Pauillac Second Growth Cru Classé.
The story of Tourelles began in 1986 when AXA-Millésimes acquired Château Pichon-Longueville. Thanks to new ultramodern winemaking equipment and an experienced, talented team, the time was right to create a second wine. Tourelles was crafted to be both a true brother to the first wine and an attractive Pauillac for wine-lovers unwilling to cellar for many years. When parts of the vineyard were replanted with Merlot and Cabernet Franc in the late eighties, the style of Tourelles was injected with more personality and complexity.
From that time on, the wine has personified the excellence of its terroir and the elegance of its grape varieties.
Region/Terroir: Médoc - Pauillac
Grapes: Merlot (62%), Cabernet Sauvignon (28%), Cabernet Franc (10%). Average age 20 years.
Alcohol: 13.5% VOL
Soil: Here the soil consists of fine gravels and clay supported by a layer of iron hard pan. As for the Cabernet Sauvignon, it is grown on the best kind of pebbly plateau. This excellent terroir imbues the wine with complexity through the deeper layers of gravel that directly neighbour the château.
Wine making: The vineyard is perfectly drained, and environmentally friendly viticultural practices are used across the board. No pesticides are sprayed and consequently grasses grow amongst the vines which keep yields lower. Individual grape sorting before vinification ensures only the best grapes are selected.
Winemaking is parcel orientated, to better reflect the specific conditions of both soil and vintage climate.
Merlots undergo cold pre-fermentation maceration. Traditional vinification takes place in stainless steel vats, under controlled temperature. Maceration over 15 to 25 days and malolactic fermentation in vats.
Ageing in French oak barrels (50% new, 50% one year old) for 12 months. Egg-white fining is the last task before bottling, some 20 months after harvest.
Cellaring potential: This wine will repay cellaring for 10-15 years.
Our Tasting notes: Deep purple colour. The nose is marked by blackberries, mild spices and notes of oak coming from a remarkably well-integrated barrel ageing. There are some pleasant meaty tones. In the mouth, the texture is both soft and extremely pure and juicy. A complex wine of great quality and power.
This wine has had many reviews in the international media. They are listed here from Wine Searcher
|Critic||Score||When to drink|
|Asian Palate Jeannie Cho Lee||88/100|
|Gault & Millau||18/20|
|La Revue du Vin de France||16.5/20|
|Decanter||16/20||2014 to 2020|
|Jancis Robinson||15.5/20||2015 to 2021|
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Product Code: 10067