2014 Les Tourelles de Longueville, Pauillac

SKU #1313857 92-94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. Named after the turrets that surmount the château of Pichon Longueville, this wine has its own dedicated portion of the vineyard. It is open, generous and full bodied. Ripe berry fruits dominate while still leaving room for the fresh acidity typical of the 2014 vintage. (RV)  (4/2015)

92 points James Suckling

 The currant and berry character with hints of chocolate is impressive on the nose. Full body, tangy acidity and soft and velvety tannins. It’s rich and satisfying. Second wine of Pichon Baron. Better in 2021.  (2/2017)

Vinous

 The 2014 Les Tourelles de Longueville is soft, pliant and giving, all qualities that make it an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next few years. Sweet red cherry, raspberry and plump red fruit are front and center. Les Tourelles de Longueville emerges from specific parcels within the Pichon-Baron property where the soils tend to produce a more savory style than is typically found in the Grand Vin and Griffons. The blend is 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. (AG)  (2/2017)

Wine Spectator

 Open-knit, with enticing raspberry and cassis notes lined with subtle violet and anise hints. Balanced, but unobstructed by structure on the finish. For drinking now. Drink now through 2022. (JM, Web-2017)

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Staff Image By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/13/2017 | Send Email
I was blown about by the 2014 Tourelles De Longueville. I tasted in a line-up with other '14s that were over twice the price and it outperformed all of them. Gorgeous nose with earth and savory notes. Dark fruited with powerful acidity that I've found totally characteristic of the '14 vintage. Structured, yet accessible, this is one of the clear standouts of the '14 vintage at its price point.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/2/2017 | Send Email
This is "one" of the 2nd wines of Pichon Baron and although done in a richer and more approachable style still has the qualitative stamp of that great property. Sweet blackberry fruit, pencil shavings and a savory hint all done up with the sense of balance and proportion you expect but with a touch more Merlot richness to round things out.

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/2/2017 | Send Email
Few wines express more clearly the incredible quality of the 2014 vintage in Bordeaux than this estate label from Chateau Pichon Baron in Pauillac. No longer strictly a second wine with the introduction of “Les Griffons” in 2012, most of the fruit for “Les Tourelles” comes from a single plot. The blend is weighted more to Merlot than Cabernet, producing a more accessible style that is meant to be drunk sooner than the Grand Vin. Elegant and polished, of obvious pedigree, the wine offers sweet, ripe red fruits lightly seasoned with oak spice. Well-balanced and marked by lively acidity and fine tannins. Exceptional quality here. A true value.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/22/2017 | Send Email
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This wine is really NOT the second wine of Pichon-Baron, but rather a separate plot of mainly Merlot grapes. The wine tends to be more feminine than the Baron and this one is sweet and lovely. Blackberry fruit flavors in a region known for red fruit flavors. Plummy and lush. Decant and enjoy.
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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
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France

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Bordeaux

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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.