Les Tourelles de Longueville is the second wine of Chateau Pichon Longueville (Baron). I picked up the 1990 for a bargain price of about $60: quite a find I thought. The wine? I smelt the cork – something wasn’t quite right – it wasn’t obviously cork tainted, but then it did smell an awful lot like the cork itself – unusual. But I pushed on – it might be okay. An aroma of wood, blackcurrants and dried herbs. Hmm wood, not so good – nor a typical descriptor. The palate showed some real length, some sweet spiced berries, but again that taste wouldn’t go away. The wood then started to smell a little mouldy at the end. As you can see, I really wished this were otherwise, but this wine was corked, not badly, but enough to mean I couldn’t go on with it.