Christian Seely • His Top Three

At a tasting on 10 January 2023, Pichon Baron 2019 and 2016 were the superstars in a galaxy of other stars

Christian Seely is producing some of the greatest wines of Pauillac Super Second Growth Pichon Baron

“2019, 2016 and 2010,” Christian Seely informed.

The Managing Director of AXA Millesimes was referring to his favourite Pichon Baron. The trio are three of the greatest vintages of Bordeaux in living memory.

Christian Seely joined the wine property arm of French insurance giant AXA in 1993 as managing director of Quinta do Noval. In his seven years in the Douro, Seely rejuvenated the vineyard and wines of the Douro legend, restoring it to its former glory.

Such was the sterling work he visited on Noval that in 2001, the Englishman was asked by then AXA Chairman Claude Bebear to assume overall charge of all their wine properties. 

Today AXA Millesimes includes Sauternes First Growth Chateau Suduiraut, Chateau Pibran, Quinta do Noval, Hungary’s Disznoko, Burgundy’s Domaine de l’Arlot, Napa’s Outpost, Sonoma’s Platt Vineyard and, of course, Pichon Baron. 

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