Marks and reviews
The magnificent Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac Second Grand Cru Classé, shines in the Pauillac appellation.
It was in 1925 that the Miailhe family, in the guise of Édouard and Louis Miailhe, acquired this property on Bordeaux’s Left Bank. May-Eliane de Lencquesaing, daughter of Edouard Miailhe, is an emblematic figure of the Gironde wine industry. She managed Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse from 1978 to 2007, when the Rouzaud family, owners of the Louis Roederer Champagne House, acquired the estate.
A major name among Pauillac wines, Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande oversees a vineyard located near the Gironde estuary and rests on soils made up of gravel hilltops on clay-sandy subsoils.
A mild and wet winter gave way to a spring which alternated warm and mild conditions with cool and rainy spells. Flowering was even. The hot and particularly dry summer concluded with showers which restored the vineyard. Storms recorded at the beginning of autumn were severe and had hail in other appellations, but did not impact the estate’s vineyards. The harvest started on 26 September in dry and sunny conditions.
Cabernet Sauvignon (45%)
Cabernet Franc (12%)
Petit Verdot (8%)
Despite a low quantity because of the summer drought, this vintage delights with its richness, the finesse of its tannins and its supple and voluptuous feel.