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Of Chateau Pichon Baron's 88 hectares, 73 are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot--at 65% and 35% respectively. The gravelly Paulliac soil allows the vines to drink deep, and the resulting wines are deeply colored, dense, pliant and complex, with layered flavors of dark fruits, chocolate, spices and minerals and suave use of new oak. On average, 24,000 cases of the Grand Vin, Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron, are produced each year, along with 12,000 cases of the second wine, Tourelles de Longueville.
Today, the French insurance company AXA owns Pichon Baron. Purchased in 1987 when the estate was on the decline, heavy investment by AXA has turned its fortunes around. Michael Cazes, of neighboring Paulliac chateau Lynch Bages, proved a good pick to oversee winemaking operations during this crucial period. He has recently been succeeded by Christian Seely, who continues to do justice to Pichon Baron's longstanding reputation as a Super Second.