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Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse De Lalande

Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse De Lalande

The Pichon Longueville estate dates back to 1688. The property takes its name from one of its earliest owners, Jacques de Pichon-Longueville, who received the estate as part of a dowry in 1694 when he married Thérèse De Rauzan, the daughter of the founder. It was originally joined with what is now another second growth property across the road, Pichon-Longueville (which used to be known as Pichon Baron), but when Baron Joseph de Pichon-Longueville died in 1850, he split the estate in two, dividing it equally between his two sons and three daughters. Thee portion inherited by his sons became what today is known as Pichon Baron; the daughters' estate is Pichon Longueville Comtesse De Lalande.

In 1850, his daughter Virginie, who was married to the Comte De Lalande, and her sisters inherited the vineyard from their father and gave it the name of Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse De Lalande to differentiate it from its neighbour. In 1925, the family sold the property to Edouard and Louis Miailhe. Their daughter, May-Eliane de Lencquesaing, in turn inherited this beautiful property in 1978 and devoted herself entirely to upholding the tradition of producing excellent wine. Without an obvious family successor, May-Eliane sold the estate to Champagne Roederer in 2007 before "retiring" to South Africa where she founded, and still runs, the Glenelly estate.

Bordering Château Latour, the second growth Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande estate is located in the southern part of Pauillac, near Saint-Julien. Indeed, nine of its sixty five hectares actually lie in this neighbouring appellation. The vineyards lie on deep gravel beds underpinned by clay and then by sandstone and limestone. Pichon Longueville is not as powerful or as tannic a wine as those of some other Pauillac châteaux, mainly because of its unusually high Merlot content. It's so-called feminine personality is marked by elegance, balance and finesse. The wine is fermented in stainless steel vats before blending. The first selection spends 18 months in 50% new French oak and becomes the grand vin, and the second selection becomes Réserve De La Comtesse, the estate's long-standing second wine.

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