2012 Les Tourelles de Longueville, Pauillac
*Barrel Sample* There is a fine depth of flavor here, with solid tannins as well as ripe fruit. This second wine of Château Pichon Longueville is packed with the vintage's hallmark of perfumed black-currant fruit. (RV)
A beautiful red with chocolate, nuts and cappuccino aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, chewy and rich. Needs two or three years to soften. Triumph for the second wine of Pichon Baron for this vintage!
The 2012 Les Tourelles de Longueville is gorgeous. Powerful and deep, with a real sense of energy and overall complexity for a second wine, the Tourelles offers tons of nuance. Graphite, sage, smoke and tobacco wrap around a core of dark fruit, while hints of lavender and rose petal add aromatic nuance on the close. The 2012 is complete and very nicely done. The blend is 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. The high presence of Merlot distinguishes Tourelles from the newly-introduced, Griffons, where Cabernet Sauvignon plays the leading role. (AG)
Tasted blind. Meaty nose suggests some Merlot. Round and supple until quite a weight of tannins on the end. Quite appetising. Some attempt at opulence.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
In 2012, the well-known Les Tourelles de Longueville (60% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc) is slightly more opaque ruby/purple, richer, fuller and more complex than the Les Griffons. Quite frankly, it doesn’t even resemble a second wine. This is a serious effort, with deep crème de cassis, charcoal and graphite notes. It is full-bodied, silky smooth, and a terrific second wine – perhaps one of the best second wines I tasted from this vintage. Drink it over the next 15 years. (RP)
Features a plummy core, lined with alder, iron and tobacco notes. Stays fresh and refined, with good length on the finish. The iron edge keeps this on the slightly austere side. (JM, Web-2015)
89-91 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted en primeur at the chateau. There was a lot of green harvest in the summer to regular the production and ripeness across the vineyard. There was millerandage and coulure. A blend of 60% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, it has a conservative, straight-laced bouquet with light Margaux-like violet scents. The palate displays good depth on the entry with graphite tinged black fruit and a lovely estuarine finish." (05/2013)