The Bordeaux of Pauillac is known for stark power, but one of the region’s most notable estates, Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (commonly referred to as Pichon Lalande or Pichon Comtesse) diverges from this trend to produce wines that the French typically describe as “feminine” and “sensuous.”
This softer note is partially due to an unusually high proportion of Merlot (35%), but it’s interesting to speculate that the difference stems from the winery’s history, which, since the 18th century, has been notable for strong women, starting with Therese de Rauzan, Germaine de Lajus and Marie Branda de Terrefort, and followed by Virginnie, Comtesse de Leland, who oversaw the building of the estate’s fairytale châteaux in 1850, just before the classification of 1855, when the wines achieved one of fifteen Deuxièmes Crus (Second Growths). In 1978 the land passed into the hands of the indomitable May-Eliane de Lencquesaing, who did much to make Pichon Lalande one of the region’s consistently brilliant wines, known for rich texture, elegant fruit, and a heady perfume of tobacco, earth, and cassis.
It is with pleasure that we offer you some of the estate’s finest vintages, including selections from 1983, 1995, 1996, and 2006—all aged to perfection. A votre santé!