Weightless power. Named after the turrets that embellish the chateau, Les Tourelles de Longueville embodies the charm of the estate. The grapes used in this wine’s blend are primarily from the Sainte Anne plot, giving it a distinctive personality. Les Tourelles de Longueville 2011 reveals a beautiful garnet red colour. The attack is precise with notes of mild spices and cocoa leading into dark fruit. The tannins are refined, structured yet velvety with a good length. The opulent finish is generous and distinguished. An elegant, harmonious wine that stands out for its character and complexity. You can tell that there is the exquisite pedigree coming from Pichon Baron. This is a great vintage for keeping and can already be enjoyed after decanting.
2011 was an early vintage, although slightly less so than expected. A warm, dry springtime was followed by a cool summer. Work on the vines was carried out rationally according to the weather conditions and the profile of each plot. At the end of July and beginning of August, we carried out carefully-targeted green harvesting (leaf stripping and thinning) to even out the ripening of the grapes. By September, we were recording astonishingly high phenolic potential on our cabernet. The start of the month was most beneficial to this vintage planted on the very best terroirs.
The grapes were picked and brought in the vat-house plot by plot, in order of maturity, with particular attention to selection on the plots. Harvesting ran from 12 to 28 September, with two breaks on 18 and 25 September. The first three days were dedicated to the earliest-ripening vines, such as the Sainte Anne plot. Then the old merlot vines were harvested until 20 September. The cabernet franc and sauvignon were picked last as warm, dry, sunny conditions finally settled in. Sorting in the vat-house was highly meticulous, keeping only the very best grapes. The grapes were sorted twice, both before and after de-stemming. Once de-stemmed, the selection of the grapes was fine tuned on two sorting lines, one manual and one using optic systems.
The must from each plot is vinified individually. Alcoholic fermentation was quick, driven by naturally high temperatures. We carried out repeated and individual pumping over, adapted to the profile of each batch. Maceration lasted 20 to 25 days, depending on the results of our tasting to check on extraction. The batches of wines were then transferred into barrels after malolactic fermentation and blended during maturing.
60% merlot, 28% cabernet-sauvignon, 10% cabernet franc, 2% petit verdot
50% in new barrels and 50% from barrels of one vintage for 12 months