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Château Pichon Lalande

A Passion for Wine

The estate was founded in 1689 by Pierre de Mazure de Rauzan and the vineyard acquired its name a few years later when his daughter Thérèse received it as part of her dowry on her marriage to Jacques de Pichon Longueville, the first President of the Parliament of Bordeaux. Thus began the history of one of the most famous Bordeaux vineyards which, for one and half centuries, remained a single holding in the hands of one family.

In 1850, the estate was divided amongst the five children of Baron Joseph, however only two of his children finally inherited the vineyards. Raoul took the plot destined for the two sons, while Virginie took the plot for the three daughters. From then on, the lands of Pichon Longueville would have two very different futures.

Virginie married Count Henri de Lalande, giving her the title Comtesse de Lalande, and took over control of the Domaine. Her passion and the quality of her management made her a strong personality in the Médoc and she very much left her mark on the estate. In the 1855 classification Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande acquired the status of Deuxième Cru Classé.

In 1925 Edouard and Louis Miailhe purchased the estate. May-Eliane de Lencquesaing, the daughter of Edouard, inherited it in 1978. She quickly rekindled the same enthusiasm that had inspired the Comtesse de Lalande, sharing with her a love of the land and its wines.

Continuing the tradition of family ownership, Champagne Louis Roederer took over the controlling share of Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande in November 2006.

The 89 hectares (220 acres) of this vineyard border the property of Château Latour and stretch south of Pauillac towards the Commune of St Julien, whence it gets its extraordinary charm. The exceptional character of the wines produced here is distinguished by their elegance and finesse. This is due to a harmonious balance of different grape varietals: the vineyards are made up of 35% Merlot (a very high percentage for this appellation) to give roundness and suppleness; 45% Cabernet Sauvignon to provide longevity; 12% Cabernet Franc for finesse; 8% Petit Verdot to ensure a certain freshness and aromatic complexity.

Champagne Louis Roederer’s on-going investment has seen the Château completely renovated, with the wine making facilities rebuilt and modernised, and the chais vastly extended in a long-term project, including a triple-tiered cellar. Similarly, a targeted replanting programme for select vineyard parcels was also introduced, ensuring the best root stocks with the highest potential were planted in the correct soil types for each varietal. New double-skinned temperature controlled stainless steel vats were also brought, allowing the Château to vinify on a parcel basis, as well as contributing to a softer, more gentle extraction for the most sensuous wine of Pauillac.

Nicolas Glumineau, formerly of Chateau Montrose, was appointed Director of the Château in 2013.

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Réserve de la Comtesse — Château Pichon Lalande

Réserve de la Comtesse

AOC Pauillac, Bordeaux

64% Cabernet Sauvignon
31% Merlot
5% Petit Verdot

Tasting note

Opaquely purple in colour, the nose is loaded with floral, cassis, boysenberry, earth, olive and tobacco notes. Powerful, graceful, sensuous, rich, fresh, it is unusually full-bodied for a wine from this estate. It is pure, refined and offers silky, velvet textures.

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Château Pichon Lalande  — Château Pichon Lalande

Château Pichon Lalande

AOC Pauillac, Bordeaux

59% Cabernet Sauvignon
28% Merlot
8% Cabernet Franc
5% Petit Verdot

Tasting note

Opaquely purple in colour, the nose is loaded with floral, cassis, boysenberry, earth, olive and tobacco notes. Powerful, graceful, sensuous, rich, fresh, it is unusually full-bodied for a wine from this estate. It is pure, refined and offers silky, velvet textures.

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Château Pichon Lalande 2009 — Château Pichon Lalande

Château Pichon Lalande 2009

AOC Pauillac, Bordeaux

75% Cabernet Sauvignon
20% Merlot
5% Petit Verdot

Tasting note

Opaquely purple in colour, the nose is loaded with floral, cassis, boysenberry, earth, olive and tobacco notes. Powerful, graceful, sensuous, rich, fresh, it is unusually full-bodied for a wine from this estate. It is pure, refined and offers silky, velvet textures.

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Château Pichon Lalande 2008 — Château Pichon Lalande

Château Pichon Lalande 2008

AOC Pauillac, Bordeaux

63% Cabernet Sauvignon
29% Merlot
5% Petit Verdot
3% Cabernet Franc

Tasting note

Terrific texture and opulence, forward fruit, sweet tannin, and a lush personality are dense along with copious quantities of sweet berries, roasted coffee, underbrush, black currant, and black cherry fruit. Sensationally pure, textured, and full-bodied, this will be a flamboyant, showy offering in its youth, but it is capable of lasting 20-30 years.

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Château Pichon Lalande 2007 — Château Pichon Lalande

Château Pichon Lalande 2007

AOC Pauillac, Bordeaux

Cabernet Sauvignon - 58%
Merlot - 36%
Cabernet Franc - 2%
Petit Verdot - 4%

Tasting note

Almost black in colour, Château Pichon Lalande 2007 gives aromas of cherry, brioche and violet. This fragrant and powerful wine is bursting with fruit, flower and spice notes.

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Château Pichon Lalande 2006 — Château Pichon Lalande

Château Pichon Lalande 2006

AOC Pauillac, Bordeaux

64% Cabernet Sauvignon
36% Merlot

Tasting note

Pichon brings together finesse and the tannins characteristic of great Médoc wines. On the nose there is raspberry, violet and cherry tempered with a note of cigar. The structure is balanced, solid and made to last. This is a highly precise wine, while highly concentrated, elegantly showcasing the characteristics of this vintage marked by drought. Sensual, exotic aromatics abound along with pure supple flavours. This is a massive Pichon softened by a silky texture and velvety finish.

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Réserve de la Comtesse 2011 — Château Pichon Lalande

Réserve de la Comtesse 2011

AOC Pauillac, Bordeaux

Cabernet Sauvignon - 43%
Merlot - 49%
Petit Verdot - 8%

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Réserve de la Comtesse 2010 — Château Pichon Lalande

Réserve de la Comtesse 2010

AOC Pauillac, Bordeaux

51% Cabernet Sauvignon
46% Merlot
3% Petit Verdot

Tasting note

Terrific texture and opulence, forward fruit, sweet tannin, and a lush personality are dense along with copious quantities of sweet berries, roasted coffee, underbrush, black currant, and black cherry fruit. Sensationally pure, textured, and full-bodied, this will be a flamboyant, showy offering in its youth, but it is capable of lasting 20-30 years.

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Réserve de la Comtesse 2009 — Château Pichon Lalande

Réserve de la Comtesse 2009

AOC Pauillac, Bordeaux

53% Cabernet Sauvignon
38% Merlot
9% Cabernet Franc

Tasting note

Currants and dried spices on the noce, with smoky wild violets and aromas of forest floor. Flavourful and full-bodied, this opulent Pauillac has seductive fruit, soft flesh and brightness. The silky yet chewy tannins are barely noticeable given the sweetness of the fruit and abundant glycerine, giving the wine a long finish. It is dense and solid.

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Réserve de la Comtesse 2007 — Château Pichon Lalande

Réserve de la Comtesse 2007

AOC Pauillac, Bordeaux

46% Cabernet Sauvignon
41% Merlot
13% Cabernet Franc

Tasting note

Ruby in colour. Floral, roses, crushed raspberries with a touch of liquorice are the aromas given out by this full-bodied wine. The impression in the mouth is gourmand, juicy, a bowl of summer fruits all way through the tasting.

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Réserve de la Comtesse 2006 — Château Pichon Lalande

Réserve de la Comtesse 2006

AOC Pauillac, Bordeaux

46% Cabernet Sauvignon
32% Merlot
13% Cabernet Franc
9% Petit Verdot

Tasting note

Very dark crimson. Final floral with elegant leafiness from Cabernet Franc, slightly lean now but good fruit and structure and good length. It is an archetype of seduction with tannins of great breed. Its structure is mellow and full of charm, with the flavours of a red fruit basket.

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Réserve de la Comtesse 2002 — Château Pichon Lalande

Réserve de la Comtesse 2002

AOC Pauillac, Bordeaux

72% Cabernet Sauvignon
27% Merlot
0.5% Petit Verdot
0.5% Cabernet Franc

Tasting note

A dense ruby/purple colour with a complex nose of cedar wood, spice box, blackcurrants, and smoke. Abundant plumpness and flesh on the palate. The texture is caressing, sensual and well-structured in the centre thanks to the tannins. The structure is long without any aggressiveness. The aromatic persistence is floral and spicy.

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