Château Pichon Baron was originally a farm house called La Baderne. The wine was brought into production in the 17th century by Jacques de Pichon, Baron of Longueville, and quickly gained an excellent reputation. The château today, known for its witch-hat turrets and traditional fairytale castle appearance, was built by Raoul de Pichon-Longueville in 1851, and the wine was awarded Second Growth quality in the 1855 classification. Pichon Baron is a masculine, structured, reserved wine, more akin to Latour than to Pichon Comtesse—indeed, its style is in total contrast to that of its sibling. No doubt this is in part due to the significant proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. Pichon- Baron, which seems to get better every year, has a deep color and reveals a strength and concentration that can make the wine seem almost abrasive when young, but that promises splendid times ahead once the wine has reached maturity.