Grape(s): 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc
Localization: Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Tasting Notes: A pure fresh nose of blackberry, blackcurrant, peony, and that cedar association of Pauillac, On the palate, subtle and full-bodied with great powerful length and a sweetness that is both seductive and savory with a touch of elegance. The flavors confirm these blackcurrant and blackberry notes, with structured smooth tannins.
The Domain: The Pichon Longueville estate goes back to 1688-1689. In 1850, Virginie de Pichon Longueville, Countess de Lalande, and her two sisters inherited three-fifths of the vineyard from their father. This took on the name of Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. In 1978, May-Eliane de Lencquesaing, daughter of Edouard Miailhe, in turn inherited this beautiful property and devoted herself entirely to continuing the tradition of quality wine.
Just two families have been responsible for maintaining this wine's superb reputation for three centuries. Bordering on Chateau Latour, Second Growth Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is located in the southern part of Pauillac, near Saint-Julien. The unusual choice of grape varieties (there is a much higher percentage of Merlot than average) is a partial explanation for this wine's outstanding personality, marked by elegance, balance and finesse. Traditional methods and modern technology combine to make the most of the estate's prestigious soil. The international reputation of this "Super Second" Growth can be attributed to unfailing quality and dynamic owners.