ABOUT THE WINE
In 1850 the Pauillac estate of Baron Joseph de Pichon Longueville was divided between his five children; two-fifths to his two sons, and three-fifths so his three daughters. The latter portion became the estate of Pichon-Lalande. Owner of the estate from 1978 until 2007, May-Eliane de Lencquesaing is largely responsible for the reputation and quality of Lalande today. Since 2007, under the new ownership of the Roederer family, the estate has seen further investment and renovation. With a reputation for femininity in the wine, Lalande has always been considered the most supple and sensual of Left Bank wines predominantly due to high-proportions of Merlot in the blend. The most important parts of the vineyard lie alongside those of Chateau Latour, just over the road from Pichon-Baron.
Soft and silky, and approachable earl, yet benefits enormously from the secondary character brought on by bottle-age. Olive, wet, earth, cassis and tobacco; a slight herbal quality on the finish. A real treasure, showing beautifully at 16 years of age, with soft, sweet black fruit on an exceedingly elegant palate.
A wine which benefits from pairing with rich yet delicate dishes, cote de boeuf with a subtle bearnaise sauce.
It is a very enjoyable experience to compare the wines of Comtesse with those of Baron, to see how two very similar vineyards can produce very different wines thanks to divergent winemaking philosophies and subtle differences in terroir.
ABOUT THE WINE