Pauillac Protected Designation of Origin and Second Great Classed Growth
Louis Roederer Champagne House bought Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande in 2007 (sometimes called Chateau Pichon Comtesse or Chateau Pichon Comtesse de Lalande). Frederique Rouzaud now manages this Pauillac Second Grand Cru Classe (from the classification of 1855), which is located in the Bordeaux region(left bank). Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse vineyards cover 89 hectares. The 9,000 vine stocks/ha are about 30 years old, and they grow on clay soils covered with Garonne gravels, and there are some ferruginous fields in some places. The vineyard is made up of different French grape varieties that are typical of the Bordeaux region: Cabernet Sauvignon (the main one), Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot...
In 2013, Chateau Pichon Comtesse de Lalande got new vinification facilities. The estate produces two Red Bordeaux cuvees: A first wine called "Le Grand Vin de Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande", and a second wine called "La Reserve de La Comtesse", which makes up for 20 to 50% of the whole production, depending on the vintage. Domaine Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande's Great Wine is a prestige cuvee that displays a remarkable balance, with a silky tannic structure and a very expressive and soft aromatic complexity. Chateau Pichon Comtesse produced excellent wines in its best years (2015, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2003, 2000, 1996, 1995, 1989, 1982). Some outstanding cuvees got the best tasting scores from renowned international critics during En Primeur tastings, including the best tasting notes score of 100 from famous critic Robert Parker (for the estate's 1982 vintage). Domaine Pichon Comtesse de Lalande's Great Wine is an excellent wine to keep in the cellar. Their second wine, "La Reserve de la Comtesse", will be enjoyable sooner.
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