2011 Les Tourelles de Longueville, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1091106 90-92 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is a soft wine, with dominating fruit. It has flavors of black currant and spice, firm tannins and an attractive ripe center.  (4/2012)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Juicy and concentrated, but approachable already, with layers of plum sauce, fig paste and steeped currant, studded with bittersweet cocoa, coffee and anise details. Offers a rounded, mouthfilling finish. Drink now through 2020. (Web Only-2014)

Jancis Robinson

 60% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. 50% new oak. Rich plummy fruit but there's fresh cassis too. Coffee as it opens up. Tightly wound but with flesh enfolding the frame. Firm, rounded tannins, none of the dusty dryness of some in this vintage. With a fresh juicy and long finish. 17/20 points. Drink 2018 to 2028.  (4/2012)

James Suckling

 A 2011 with polished, pretty tannins and attractive currant and berry character. Medium to full body. Bright finish. Second wine of Pichon Baron. Better in 2017.  (2/2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A juicy second wine, the 2011 Les Tourelles de Longueville is fleshy and succulent, but not terribly complex. It offers plenty of fruit, medium body and no hard edges. Drink it over the next 5-7 years.  (4/2014)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (60% merlot, 28% cabernet franc, 10% cabernet sauvignon and 2% petit verdot; 50% new oak): Ruby-red. Aromas of red cherry, coffee and forest floor. Enters sweet and ripe, then shows meatier flavors of dark berries and smoky plum. The moderately long finish shows very fine tannins.  (5/2012)

K&L Notes

The second wine of Château Pichon-Longueville Baron.

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/5/2014 | Send Email
*V A high percentage of Merlot this vintage--60%--plus 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Very bright and fragrant. Sweet blackberries abound on the lush palate.

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- Pauillac is probably the most famous village in Bordeaux. Located between St. Julien and St. Estephe, it has more of the top ranked chateau than the other four appellations of the Haut Medoc. This area has three of the five premier cru classe wineries: Lafite Rothschild, Latour, and Mouton Rothschild. There are two of the top second-growths (Pichon Lalande and Pichon Baron) as well as several outstanding fourth and fifth-growth chateaux including Lynch Bages. Because of the gravely soils and great drainage, Pauillac has the ideal conditions to grow great Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines from this village are some of the longest-lived in Bordeaux.