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    12
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Roast Duck Breast with Dried Cherry Sauce

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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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Wine Information

2000 The sanitary condition of the grapes is remarkably good : excellent phenolic maturity with a strong concentration of anthocyanins
Assemblage:

50% Cabernet Sauvignon
34 % Merlot
6% Cabernet Franc
10% Petit Verdot
Hiver:

Mild with very little rain.
Printemps:

May and June were warm and moderately wet.
There were severe attacks of Mildew which were rapidly brought under control.
Mid flowering on June 3rd
Été:

July : moderate temperatures, cool with a certain amount of humidity.
August was fine and warm, sunny weather enabled the grapes to ripen in ideal conditions.
Mid veraison on August 6th . The veraison was completed in a short space of time.
Automne:

September : climatic conditions followed those of August.
Temperatures were higher than normal, with 3 days above 30°C.
Picking took place between September 21 and October 9th .



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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Vintage 2000

BORDEAUX 2000 – A  DREAM VINTAGE

Weather conditions / Vintage 2000 has from the very start been proclaimed as one of the best vintages of modern times. In spring 2003, I've had many opportunities to find out, if we really have a true dream vintage in our hands.

During harvest 2000, while doing "personal inspection" in the vineyards, I noticed that something extraordinary big was on its way. Grapes looked extremely healthy.

While sorting table was rolling, I observed, that there were few leaves, stalks and weeds among the grapes. That's why sorting out grapes went so easy and quick. It must be one of hallmarks of 2000 vintage, because normally even the great vintages require a lot of work at sorting table.

 

2000 vintage is classic, extravagant and extremely long-lived Bordeaux with dark, extremely dense wines, which have enormous concentration of fruit, length and superbly concentrated tannin. The tannin is not allowed to dominate, because it's well wrapped up by fruit. A scent of sub-maturity is only present in few wines. One of this vintage's trademarks is an intense and deep aroma of dark berries, like blueberries, blackberries and black cherries.

All red grape varieties reached perfect maturity, including Bordeaux' most capricious and unruly grape variety, Petit Verdot. Petit Verdot gives the much meeded contribution of backbone and power to the wines.

Also the grapes for whites, like Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Muscadelle, did ripe perfectly and produced tremendously fine dry white wines. Sweet white wines turned unfortunately to be a few light, elegant and charming wines, which were based 100% on September pickings. Beginning on the 11th October, it rained heavily in Bordeaux and it continued until the end of the year.

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Tasting note

color

Deep, Ruby red and Clear

ending

Long, Lingering and Spicy

flavors

Blackcurrant, Vanilla, Cherry, Coffee, Toasty and Smoky

nose

Youthful

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Medium tannin, Well-Integrated, Well-structured, Complex, Youthful, Medium-bodied, One-dimensional, Elegant, Harmonious, Focused and Dry

Verdict

Sophisticated and Impressive

Written Notes

The new millennium gave a precious gift to Bordeaux in the form of perfect growing season and following superb wines. May and early summer were cool. July continued colder than usual with occasional showers. Late July brought along sun and warm sunny weather continued throughout most of August. The particularly sunny September was able to ripen the phenolics fully and to concentrate the anthocyans. At Pichon Lalande the vendance commenced on September 21st and continued until October 9th. The 2000 Pichon Lalandeblend consists of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 10% Petit Verdot. Deep purple coloured eye. Rich, layered and pronounced nose of red cherries, black currants and some spicy new oak. Impressive structure of fine grained and fully ripe tannin. Muscular and elegant at the same time. Very stylishand persistent toasty finish. Harmonious already today promising a great future potential for this sensational and sensual wine.
  • 95p

Stunningly elegant wine full of finesse and sophisticated movements. Very stylish with enchanting black berry fruit. Great, great balance, great length and caressing aftertaste. May it live forever! Magnificent bottle.

  • 96p
Deep ruby. Scented, elegant, nuanced, flirting, gorgeous nose, evolving beautifully, layered and complex. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, elegant, lovely balance, charming and very long. 95
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Information

Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

None

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