Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Winery Guide
The Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande estate, alongside the illustrious Château Latour, dominates the southern part of the famous wine appellation of Pauillac with the architectural splendor of their fairy tale châteaux. Pauillac is the star of the Médoc region, the blockbuster. The great names of Lafite and Mouton Rothschild are found here, and yet Pichon-Lalande has more than held its own against such prestigious wineries. It produces some of the most elegant and profound wine in the area, a testament to the dedication of the families who have owned the Château over the centuries.
Pichon-Lalande and its twin brother Pichon-Longueville (known previously as Pichon Baron) formed a single estate until 1860. Pichon-Lalande was built in the 1840s and was owned by three sisters and their brother Raoul. He built the twin property Pichon-Longueville in 1851. Only after Raoul died in 1860 did Virginie, one of the sisters, decide that her property should be separated, so Pichon-Lalande became a single entity. Her niece Elisabeth inherited the property in 1882 and kept control until 1926. As with all of the grand estates in the Médoc, the Château would outlive several owners before coming under the stewardship of the passionate May-Eliane. She and her husband Hervé, a couple of amazing energy, put all their efforts into restoring the Château and promoting the wine as a super second to rival the finest Bordeaux estates.
In 2006, Lalande came under the control of the exclusive Champagne house Roederer, much to the surprise of many. However, to this day, they have continued the hard work of May-Elaine (she now owns a winery in Stellenbosch, South Africa), and it shows in the wines. Their style is defined by the high proportion of plummy Merlot, which has long been a feature of Lalande and strays from the tradition of Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated left-bank wines. We cannot imagine a more wonderful property to visit, with its grandiose mansion and views across the vines towards the Gironde’s estuary. The main cellar is worth a visit in its own right, its columns cased in wood paneling, with modern paintings and sculptures decorating the entrance. Finally, the sweet little glass museum is an interesting addition to the tour. A wine lover’s paradise indeed!
Château Pichon-Lalande (Grand Vin)45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot, 18 months in 50% new oak barrels.
Réserve de la Comtesse (Second wine of the property)45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot, 18 months in 25% new oak barrels. Less concentration and power than the first wine, more fruit forward.
Facts & Figures
AOC Pauillac / Second Growth
Area under Vine
Age of vines
Oak barrel origin
Jacques Boissenot and Hubert de Boüard
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
Grape Varieties Used by the Winery
Cabernet Franc grape is a close relative of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and is the principal blending grape used in Bordeaux.Find out more
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Merlot is the most cultivated grape in Bordeaux and closely related to Cabernet FrancFind out more
Petit Verdot is a full-bodied red wine grape varietal used in classic Bordeaux blends and originates in southwestern FranceFind out more
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