Réserve de la Comtesse de Lalande 2014

Producer Information

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. It was divided upon the death of Baron Joseph in 1850 between his five children. However, only two of his children finally inherited the vineyards; Raoul and Virginie. Virginie married Count Henri de Lalande, giving her the title, and took over control of the domain. 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 domain. In the 1855 classification, Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande acquired the status of 2eme Cru Classé.

Vineyards

The 76 hectares  of this vineyard border the property of Château Latour and stretch south of Pauillac towards the Commune of Saint Julien, whence it gets its extraordinary charm. The exceptional character of the wines produced here, are distinguished by their elegance and finesse.

Winemaking

The temperatures were carefully regulated during the fermentation and the maceration to obtain an aromatic and silky expression of the vintage. Overall, the alcohol-tannin-acid balance was excellent. Malolactic fermentation was minimal due to low temperatures. Maceration: 18 to 24 days.

Vintage Information

The month of March was mild and damp warming the soils up very quickly and encouraging a fairly early BUD BREAK which began with the Merlot on the 26th
of March. Despite a cold spring the FLOWERING was also early from the 27th of May to the 3rd of June, in cool and wet conditions. A dismal summer provoked
a late but quick and uniform VERAISON between the 5th and the 15th of August. From the beginning of September, summer came again and lasted right through
to the end of HARVEST from the 16th of September to the 17th of October.

2014, a promising vintage which came to pass. After a poor growing season the Indian summer of many previous Bordeaux vintages arrived at the end of August and lasted until the first chills of winter. A long harvest and the pleasure in picking each parcel of grapes with their flesh and pips at optimum ripeness. A vintage we will be
talking about for a long time…Nicolas Glumineau

Tasting Note

Complex; on the nose, notes of gunflint, cedar and violet. The palate is pronounced, full and floral, backed by well-structured tannins, long in the mouth fiishing on a tasty note of ripe apricot.

Food Pairing

Lamb, red meats, cheese, truffle and chocolate.

Serving Suggestion

Serve at room temperature.

AOC Pauillac, Bordeaux
53% Cabernet Sauvignon
40% Merlot
4% Cabernet Franc
3% Petit Verdot

Natural Cork
13.5%

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