CHARACTERISTICS OF THE ESTATE & THE CUVÉE
Estate: Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
Classification: 2nd Grand Cru Classé
Owner: Rouzaud family
Area: 75 ha
Production: 250,000 bottles
Grape varieties: 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 12% Cabernet Franc
ABOUT THE DOMAIN
Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande has a rich and fascinating history, marked by strong female personalities who have shaped its legacy. Born from the division of Château Pichon Longueville in 1850, it saw its future take shape thanks to Virginie, the Countess of Lalande. Virginie’s passion and determination were the foundation on which the estate’s reputation was built. The story took another memorable turn when May-Eliane de Lencquesaing, affectionately known by the nickname “la Générale”, took over the reins of the estate in 1978, thus continuing the feminine legacy of the property. This feminine imprint has deeply marked the property, and is one of the reasons why the estate’s wines are so cherished. The entry of the Rouzaud family in 2007, already renowned thanks to the Roederer Champagne house, added a new chapter to the history of this illustrious estate.
ABOUT THE CUVÉE
The terroirs of Château Pichon Comtesse are truly unique. If most of the vines are located in Pauillac, the 11 hectares which extend over Saint-Julien provide a finesse and elegance which distinguish these wines from their peers. The combination of robust Cabernet Sauvignon and voluptuous Merlot produces a complex wine, balancing power and suppleness. Each sip reveals a concentration typical of Pauillac, but enveloped in tannins of exquisite finesse.
The exceptional location of this vineyard, with a direct view of the Gironde, gives it a particular microclimate, allowing the vines to resist climatic extremes. Result: a wine that rivals the best Bordeaux, improving magnificently with time. For those who have the patience to wait, a tasting after 10 to 30 years of aging will reveal a nectar with complex aromas and a silky texture.