A Vibrant Classic

The top vintage of the 1950s is also one of Bordeaux’s greatest.

Just turned 64 years, 1959 can also surpass another landmark vintage, namely 1961. Chateau Margaux 1959 is one of the wines of the vintage.

The vintage that is generally agreed to be the second best of the 1950s is 1955.

Less rich, less ripe, 1959 is more classic, delivery medium-plus-ish fruit, brightness and freshness.

When decanted and served at the chateau – without having left its birthplace – the wine is even more riveting.

So it was, served blind, on 10 January 2023 at Super Second Growth CHATEAU PICHON LONGUEVILLE BARON.

Thank you very much Christian Seely, Managing Director of AXA Millesimes, for the eye-opener.

AXA Millesimes – the wine property arm of insurance giant AXA Assurances – is proprietor also of Sauternes First Growth Chateau SuduirautChateau PibranQuinta do Noval, Hungary’s Disznoko, Burgundy’s Domaine de l’Arlot, Napa’s Outpost and Sonoma’s Platt Vineyard.

Managing Director of AXA Millesimes Christian Seely in front of Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron

Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron 1955 IMG Title

Sandalwood, a layer of leather, evolved fruit and delicious freshness. More vibrant, youthful – and engaging – than many 68-year olds I know.

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