Château Pichon-Longueville Baron: the Traditional Racking Process

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This week, we are in the cellars of Château Pichon-Longueville Baron with Alexandra Lebossé who will explain to us the procedure of racking the wines as we do it here.

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If you haven’t visited Château Pichon-Longueville Baron before, or have not been here recently, this new underground cellar, which was completed in 2006, is a magnificent place both to work and to visit. It is situated under the stretch of water in front of the chateau, so that sunlight passes through the water, through the skylights and so down to the cellar below.

But as you can see, during the process of racking, Pierre Bustamante’s attention is focused entirely on the wine. It is vitally important work, one of the many repetitive tasks that demand the total attention and dedication of the people entrusted with the work, without which we would never be able to achieve the desired final quality in the bottle.

Château Pichon-Longueville Baron
Château Pichon-Longueville Baron

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