Pichon Longueville's history can be traced back to 1688-1689. In 1850, Virginie de Pichon Longueville, Comtesse de Lalande, and her two sisters inherited three fifths of the vineyard that was named Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande a few years later. In 1978, May-Éliane de Lencquesaing, daughter of Édouard Miailhe, in turn inherited this fine estate and became totally devoted to it. She was largely responsible for maintaining the wine's superb quality and fine international reputation. A neighbour of Château Latour, this second growth Pauillac borders on the Saint-Julien appellation. Its unusual blend of grape varieties gives the wine a unique personality whose hallmarks are elegance, balance, and finesse. Traditional and modern techniques complement one another to express the character of the prestigious terroir. The Champagne firm of Louis Roederer acquired this great growth in January 2007. They aim to perpetuate the excellent work done by their predecessor and to attain the ultimate in quality and prestige.
Parker : 96 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Sitting next to my former colleague, Pierre Antoine Rovani, at one of the tastings, he commented that he didn't like the striking green note in the aromatics of this wine, which I didn't detect at all, and a subsequent bottle at another tasting did not reveal it either. I do think there is a hint of bay leaf and a meatiness to it. In short, I find this to be a spectacular Pichon Lalande. Dense purple in color, with loads of coffee, mocha, creme de cassis, and chocolate notes, this is a somewhat unusual blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, and a whooping 10% Petit Verdot, with a little bit of Cabernet Franc. The Petit Verdot certainly gives the wine more of a tapenade, floral note, which I think can be interpreted by some as herbal. This is a rich, opulent, stunning Pichon Lalande that is beginning to drink beautifully, yet should continue to improve for at least another 10-15 years and last 30 or more years.