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The Story

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 unique encepagement and the twelve hectares of vines situated on the soils of St Julien endow the wines of Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande with an exceptional personality compared with the other crus of the Pauillac appellation. Complexity, elegance and longevity are the hallmarks of this race, they are found every year during the creation of the vintages..

The nose is distinguished by a bouquet of aromas, mixing blackcurrant and violet, vanilla and cinnamon. In the palate, the tannins appear mature and melted, revealing a strong and affirmed structure, a surprising suppleness, perfect harmony and long persistency. The wine is seductive when young without prejudicing its longevity. James Laubé of the Wine Spectator baptised Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, "A First Class Second Cru", a most fitting tribute...

 

Pichon-Longueville Lalande is a 75-hectare property that produces on average 36,000 cases per year. Located in the east of the Pauillac appellation, the vineyards (Cabernet Sauvignon 45%, Merlot 35%, Cabernet Franc 12%, Petit Verdot 8%) lie on deep gravel beds underpinned by clay and then sandstone and limestone (part of these vineyards actually reside in the St-Julien appellation). The wine is fermented in stainless steel cuvées and then matured in oak barriques (50% new) for 18 months.

Pichon-Longueville Lalande is not as powerful or as tannic as some its Pauillac neighbours and this is mainly because of its relatively high Merlot content. In the best years, it is one of the most exotic and voluptuously scented wines of the Médoc. At least a decade of cellaring is required before the wines should be approached.

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Vintage 1961

Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande



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.


History
1686-1689
The archives record the creation of a property by Pierre de Mazure de
Rauzan, a great name in the history of Bordeaux wine. Thérèse, the founder's daughter, received it as dowry when she married Jacques de Pichon Longueville, the first President of the Parlement de Bordeaux. Thus began the history of one of the greatest Bordeaux vineyards.
1850
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.
1900-1925
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.
1978-today
May Eliane de Lencquesaing, the daughter of Edouard Miailhe, became the
owner and administrator of the Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de
Lalande. She quite naturally revived the tradition of the Comtesse de
Lalande, personally overseeing the management of the family domain with
her passion for wine and strict management.

Vineyard soil: gravel on top of clay

Production area: 75 ha

Grape varieties: 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 12% of Cabernet Franc, 8% of Petit Verdot

Harvest method: hand picked

Winemaking: fermentation in thermoregulated stainless steel tanks

Ageing: 18 months in 50% new oak and 50% one year old oak barrels


Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
33250 Pauillac - France
Tél. 05.56.59.19.40 - Fax. 05.56.59.29.78
Email : pichon@pichon-lalande.com
www.pichon-lalande.com

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

12 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Full, Ruby red and Healthy

ending

Long, Lingering and Gentle

flavors

Blackcurrant, Mint, Cigar-box, Leather, Cedar and Blackberry

nose

Ripe and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

High in Acidity, Perfectly balanced, Well-structured, Balanced, Medium-bodied, Ripe, Elegant, Harmonious and Silky tannins

Verdict

Full-bodied and Outstanding

Written Notes

A beautiful wine, bringing some of the softness and femininity of the terroir and style to the more structured majesty of the ’61. You have dark fruit, mint and some tobacco on the nose. It opens with mocha, cassis and a medley of berries, spice accented, alluringly gentle and soft, but with lovely precision and focus. A gorgeous depth of fruit is evident past the mid palate, nicely cushioning tannins, velvet silkiness, complex and elegant notes illuminate the beautifully balanced, nicely lingering and graceful finish. 95 Points

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Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

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 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1961  ( Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande )

A beautiful wine, bringing some of the softness and femininity of the terroir and style to the more structured majesty of the ’61. You have dark fruit, mint and some tobacco on the nose. It opens with mocha, cassis and a medley of berries, spice accented, alluringly gentle and soft, but with lovely precision and focus. A gorgeous depth of fruit is evident past the mid palate, nicely cushioning tannins, velvet silkiness, complex and elegant notes illuminate the beautifully balanced, nicely lingering and graceful finish. 95 Points

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