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Pichon Lalande 2015 has been released at €96 per bottle ex-negociant, up 48.1% on the 2014 release price of €64.8. It is being offered by the international trade at £995 per 12×75. This is a 59.2% increase on the 2014 (£625).

The wine has received a set of strong reviews from critics. Neal Martin (95-97) called it “quite brilliant” while James Suckling (96-97) described it as “Precise. It goes for minutes”.

As the chart above shows, it is priced at a discount of around 10% to the similarly scored 2009 and 2010.

Buyers might alternatively look back to last year: the 2014 has a score of 93-95 from Neal Martin and is available at an 37.3% discount on the 2015.

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History

Château Pichon Longueville de Lalande is ideally situated between the Gironde estuary and the Atlantic Ocean. The variety of parcels of land, due to the elements of the earth and their encepagement explains the complexity of the personality of the wines of Pichon. Since the end of the 1970's, the reputation of Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande has acquired the status of a "super second" and a "nearly first", in light of the consistency of its quality.

 

The Baron Joseph de Pichon Longueville’s children Raoul and Virginie inherited the property. After a period of several years during which the property was administered by the Baron Raoul de Pichon Longueville, the rupture was effective. From then on the lands of Pichon Longueville would have two very different futures.

Anticipating this indivision, Virginie married Count Henri de Lalande,and took over the control of the domain, the Count giving her independence and the title of Comtesse de Lalande. Her passion for vines and the quality of her management made her a strong personality in the Médoc in the last century, leaving her mark on the domain that has kept her name. In 1855 the Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande acquired the status of Second Cru Classé.

In 1920 the vineyards were auctioned. Edouard and Louis Miailhe, descendants of an old Bordeaux family of Vineyard owners and wine dealers, bought the Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande in 1925.

 

In 1978 the family were drawing lots from a cake tin with the names of their châteaux, Mme. de Lencquesaing drew Pichon Lalande and cried for three days as this was the one property she did not want to inherit. The general financial situation in Bordeaux was miserable at the time and Pichon was badly in need of change and investments. She soon got down to business, starting by going back to school. She and her husband, a retired general, visited oenology classes and started making plans for the future. With an iron will and determination they set about making the necessary changes and within a very short time Pichon Comtesse was to become one of the most-loved wines of all.

 

In 2007, Madame de Lencquesaing decided to pass on her vineyard, in order to secure its future. She chose Louis Roederer to take over from her. This family business headed up by Frédéric Rouzaud already owned two other Bordeaux crus, Château de Pez and Chateau Haut Beauséjour, in addition to other high quality wines in Provence, Portugal and the United States.

For three whole centuries, just two families did their work to make the château and its wines famous. Today, a third family now oversees the destiny of this cru, with the aim of building on the work accomplished so far – and raising the level of quality and prestige still further.

 

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Vineyards

The different plots of land that make up the vineyard surround the chateau: Ardileys, Moulin Riche, Longueville, Grand’Plante, la Chapelle, Virginie, Sophie and Marie-Joséphine.
The 89 hectares of vines, close to the river, straddle the Saint-Julien stream towards the Léoville plateau and onto the Pichon Longueville plateau to the south of the Pauillac appellation.

 

The extraordinary richness of the Pauillac appellation is the result of a poor, avaricious soil. The hills are composed of gravel on clayey soil, creating conditions that provide excellent drainage. This gravel from the Quaternary era, known as Garonnaise gravel - particularly in the Gunzian layer, the oldest and topographically highest – is what explains the quality of the best vineyards in the Haut-Médoc.

 The Médoc is ideally situated between the River Gironde and the Atlantic Ocean. These two bodies of water encourage air movement, blowing away the clouds and reducing rainfall. The Pauillac region enjoys a microclimate and relative dryness – and this favours concentration of the grapes.

 

Featuring Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet franc and Petit Verdot, the diversity and proportion of varieties at Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is unique in the Pauillac appellation. Compared to its prestigious Pauillac neighbours, a relatively small proportion of Cabernet Sauvignons (45%) are planted on the Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande estate. The relatively large share of Merlot (35%) guarantees the wine’s long-lasting quality and gives it an exceptional personality, characterised by its elegance and lack of harshness.

 Since Roederer took over the estate, major work on restructuring the 78-hectare vineyard has been undertaken. Thorough studies of the soils and sub-soils have produced very detailed mapping of the many different plots and better knowledge of the terroir. A replanting programme has been launched to ensure varieties and their root stocks are best suited to the type of soil.

61% Cabernet Sauvignon
32 % Merlot
4 % Cabernet Franc
3 % Petit Verdot

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Winemaking

When the harvest has been gathered, stripped and masked, the grapes are sent to the fermenting room, where rows of heat-regulated stainless steel vats of various capacities enable stringent, exact selection by plot to be carried out. The period spent in the vats ranges from 18 to 24 days depending on the year. Pumping over is carried out frequently, so as to extract as much colour and tannin as possible.

 

Since the late 1970s, Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande has gained a reputation as a “super second” or even “almost premier”, due to its constant quality. The key word in this success is selection - extremely painstaking selection from the harvest onwards, especially during blending. Blending takes place in late December or early January, with the help of the technical team and oenologists. An initial selection produces a Grand Vin, followed by a ‘second wine’ from the next selection. Ever since the nineteenth century, the owners of the great Medoc crus have been aware of the diversity of their vineyards and driven by the desire for excellence.

As a result they have made wines of different quality. ‘Second wines’, from the same terroir as ‘great wines’, are still a faithful reflection of the terroir’s quality and finesse and also express their own personality. They are generally excellent wines, but are less structured and less suitable for laying down than the Grands Vins. Pichon Longueville’s archives feature references to the existence of a second wine as early as the 1870s. A century later, this became known as Réserve de la Comtesse.

 

After the blending process, the wine is placed in oak barrels from the Allier and Nièvre forests. The wood adds to the noble character of the wine, giving it aromas and tannins and enabling it to acquire evenness as air slowly passes through the pores of the barrels. Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Grand Vin wine is aged for 18 months in barrels, made half from new oak and half from one-year-old oak. The barrels are subjected to soft toasting during the process, contributing to the quality of the aroma. The exchange between the wood and wine must be harmonious and balanced. Consequently, only 25% new wood is used for “Réserve de la Comtesse”. The wine is tapped every three months until it is bottled, and clarified. It is bottled at the château in June of the second year after the harvest. The prestigious bottles are sealed with the Pichon Longueville and Lalande family crests.

 

In 2007, Madame de Lencquesaing decided to pass on her vineyard, in order to secure its future. She chose Louis Roederer to take over from her. This family business headed up by Frédéric Rouzaud already owned two other Bordeaux crus, Château de Pez and Chateau Haut Beauséjour, in addition to other high quality wines in Provence, Portugal and the United States.
For three whole centuries, just two families did their work to make the château and its wines famous. Today, a third family now oversees the destiny of this cru, with the aim of building on the work accomplished so far – and raising the level of quality and prestige still further.

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 Dhruv Sawhney, Wine Lover (India)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande . In a tasting of  14 wines 

Vintage 1961 tasting with Mouton, Lafleur, Petrus, Latour, La Chapelle, Palmer etc.

2m 6d ago

 Nathan Long, Wine Dealer (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande . In a tasting of  13 wines 

1982 was without question one of the great vintages and from a financial viewpoint the most important year in the 20th century for Bordeaux: the vintage brought wines of superb class in not small quantities. The growing season progressed ideally. An early flowering was followed by a hot and dry summer. The resulting wines are meaty and possess powerful tannin structure.

3m 17d ago

 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande . In a tasting of  126 wines 

Every now and again one stumbles across a paradox that confounds the accepted natural order of things. The 2016 Bordeaux vintage was born out of a growing season that was near-catastrophe and near-perfection. After the Hesperian Dragon’s relentless torment, the Titan God Atlas had seemingly kept the sky aloft with the help of a Phoenix. Following five months of diabolical weather patterns, a warm to hot dry summer arrived in the nick of time, not only saving a vintage, but creating one of the most spectacular vintages in a lifetime.


 The sense of relief in Bordeaux must have been as thrilling as avoiding the bullet of Russian Roulette, or the adrenalin of surviving a base-jump. The razor’s edge has never been so exquisitely fine. While the end result is not always perfect, with the odd abrasions here and there, the overall quality of the 2016 Bordeaux vintage is remarkably consistent with many Chateaux making some of their best wines in 50 years. Typically, the wines have deep colours, pure fruit aromatics, generous saturated flavours, dense rich tannin structures and bell clear acidities. Precision, freshness, elegance, smoothness and “delicate opulence” are words that are being used by various Chateaux to describe their wines.


 The Bordelais are, of course, the world’s greatest spin doctors. They leave snake charmers for dead when it comes to the art of mesmerising. The newly opened and impressive Cité du Vin, which sits on the banks of the Garonne River in Bordeaux, sparkles like a polished turd; a monument to the exaggerations and optimism of this particular type of fine wine game. Momentum is achieved through belief. There is no room for wavering or self-doubt.

3m 29d ago

 Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Pro (China)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande . In a tasting of  30 wines 

My TOP 30 wines of the Bordeaux 2016 vintage.

4m 3d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande . In a tasting of  272 wines 

BORDEAUX VINTAGE 2016 / Tasting "en primeur" is a challenge every year. The wines tasted are showing a tendency only and it is still the beginning of a longer process of evolution and maturation in the barrels. There might be some changes during the next year and a half until the wines will be bottled, but already today the tendency is quite clear. For most of the red wines it will be an outstanding vintage, a vintage for Cabernet, old vines, limestone and clay soil. It was a challenging year for the vintners. An incredibly wet spring was worrying the winegrowers and at the beginning of June, the spirits were down. However warm and dry weather between June 3 and June 11 creating an close to ideal situation for the flowering and good weather conditions starting in mid June changed the nature of the vintage. The fine weather continued into July and August. The month of August was featuring hot weather and a remarkable amount of sunshine but the absence of rain let to water stress. Heavy rain in mid September set an end to water stress and when the sun returned on September 20 the vintage was saved as there was excellent weather till to the end of the harvest. The effects were various. the white wines are on a good quality level and display fruit and flavour but the acidity is lower than in previous vintages and the white wines show an opulent and rather soft style. The noble sweet wines are extremely pure and are more on the rich and powerful side than on the freshness. For the red wines originating from the right terroirs and old vines, the vintage an be called outstanding. Water stress was managed well on limestone and clay terroirs, Cabernet varieties did extremely well and old vines found water even during the stressful dry periods of summer. In some few red wines the tannins are slightly harsh, almost bitter, a result of water stress and/or intense extraction. In general the red wines are on an excellent level with an advantage for the left bank, mainly the Médoc area, and the classic great terroirs of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. 

4m 5d ago

 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  2 wines  from  Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande . In a tasting of  75 wines 

In 2016 Pauillac has made some excellent wines and on the top, Mouton has made something very special and might be wine of the vintage competing with Petrus. Lots of estate has made excellent wines from Pauillac this year. Saint-Estephe has also made stunning wines and Cos d'Estournel has made one of the greatest wines I have ever tasted from them. Northern Médoc is far better in 2016 than in 2015, but for me, 2016 on a whole delivers more. 2015 for me eas a bit hyped even if the wines were very good indeed. 2016 probably has the edge over 2011 as well that is seriously undervalued in the market, but will give many some surprises for the future.

4m 7d ago

 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande . In a tasting of  64 wines 

98 wines tasted from Pomerol 2016 vintage, a stunning vintage for the appelation. Petrus might be the wine of the vintage, such finesse! But many others as well. Le Pin, La Conseillante, Clinet, Gazin, Petit Village, Lafleur, L'Evangile, VCC, La Fleur-Pétrus, Trotanoy, L'Eglise-Clinet and many more made stunning wines. Gazin made the best wine they ever did, same with Nenin. Pomerols are beyond seductive in 2016.

4m 13d ago

 Clive Coates / MW, Wine Writer (France)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande . In a tasting of  44 wines 

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Romanée-Conti 2010 / 20.0 points.


Fine colour. Aromatic, minerally nose. Not as fat as La Tache or Richebourg. A bit more of the stems. Best on the follow through. Very, very lovely complex fruit. Marvelous long, lingering finish. Truly excellent.

4m 13d ago

 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande . In a tasting of  8 wines 

Mouton Rothschild 1949 / A wine-making tour-de-force that caught by surprise in terms of the thrilling grandeur of the wine. Some Mouton mint, coffee and cassis abound on the stellar bouquet. There is such a thrilling vein of acidity to this wine, which as with the best 49’s, takes some of the ’47 richness and some of the ’45 concentration and intertwines elements of both with surpassing elegance, sophistication and aplomb. You have cassis, herbs, mocha and cinnamon all contributing to the fanfare at and past the mid palate. The tannins are soft but evident, so becomingly modest yet so assured. The layers of rich, round, vivid, vital flavors, the apogee of a great era, leave you bliss filled and transfixed. Plums, flowers and earth all alluringly come together on a long, almost lascivious finish. This is just magnificence. 100 Points

4m 16d ago

 Paulius Gruodis, Pro (Lithuania)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande . In a tasting of  13 wines 

Always nice tasting some fine Bordeaux.

4m 22d ago

 Mark Beaven , Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande . In a tasting of  20 wines 

Roederer Cristal 70's Tasting - all the vintages.

5m 2d ago

 Paulius Gruodis, Pro (Lithuania)  tasted  2 wines  from  Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande . In a tasting of  11 wines 

Some truly marvellous wines including magical 1961 Palmer and 2004 Leflaive Montrachet

5m 6d ago

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