2012 Les Tourelles de Longueville, Pauillac

SKU #1271469 91-93 points Wine Enthusiast

 *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)  (4/2013)

91 points James Suckling

 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!  (2/2015)

91 points Vinous

 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)  (1/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 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.  (1/2016)

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)  (4/2015)

Wine Spectator

 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)

K&L Notes

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)

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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/22/2016 | Send Email
Loads of creamy blackberry and cassis fruit, pronounced graphite minerality, toasty oak and a very Pichon Baron-like personality make this an amazing and approachable value. This seems to be one of the best 2nd wines of the vintage and really should be considered a stand alone success for its combination of depth, complexity , balance and classic Pauillac character.

By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/19/2016 | Send Email
Not a second wine, but a wine from a specific vineyard called Saint-Anne, les Tourelles is always mostly Merlot, and also always more approachable of course then the Pichon Baron, so in that sense it could be called a second wine - The 2012 is even more approachable than the 2010 now. Also very elegant. Tobacco, spices, and cassis. It has a beguiling floral note that makes it very elegant. A beautiful wine. I actually wrote - delicious - on my notes.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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Pauillac

- 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.