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Réserve de la Comtesse 2016
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Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
The Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande embodies the elegance and refinement of Pauillac wines. It is a property classified Second Grand Cru in the official classification of Bordeaux wines of 1855. For over three centuries, this illustrious wine estate has been shaped by generations of enthusiasts, with meticulous attention paid to the quality of the terroir and the family's exceptional expertise.
The history of Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande dates back to the 17th century. In 1689, Pierre de Mazure de Rauzan, an influential wine merchant, acquired the vineyards and erected the Domaine that bears his name today. Over the years, Domaine changed ownership several times, but it wasn't until the early 20th century that Château enjoyed a period of stability thanks to the Miailhe family. In 1925, May-Eliane de Lencquesaing, an emblematic figure in the Miailhe family, inherited the estate and devoted much of her life to its management, contributing to its worldwide renown.
The terroir of Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is of exceptional quality, with soils composed of gravel, clay and limestone. The vines cover an area of almost 85 hectares, planted mainly with traditional Bordeaux grape varieties, namely Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The proximity of the Gironde estuary and the presence of surrounding lakes create an ideal microclimate for optimal grape ripening.
The wines produced by Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande are renowned for their elegance, finesse and remarkable balance. They perfectly embody the expression of their terroir and reflect the classic style of Pauillac wines. The red wines of Domaine are dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings structure, complexity and ageing potential. They reveal aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry, graphite and tobacco, with silky tannins and a long finish. These wines are remarkably precise, offering a perfect balance between power and elegance.
The Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande also offers a Second wine, the Réserve de la Comtesse, which offers a more accessible and immediate approach to the Domaine wines, while retaining great quality and a beautiful expression of terroir.
The commitment to excellence and the constant search for continuous improvement have enabled Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande to rank among the greatest wines of Bordeaux. The Domaine is recognized for its rigor in all aspects of viticulture and winemaking, applying traditional methods and leveraging modern technological advances to pRéserver the integrity of the grapes and pRéserver the unique character of each vintage.
Critics Réserve de la Comtesse 2016.
Description Réserve de la Comtesse 2016.
With its deep, intense color, this wine seduces us with its incredibly fine nose. Notes of black berries and licorice mingle. In the background, we can also detect a hint of menthol. On the palate, it is elegant and well-balanced. The attack is seductive and the body supple. Tannins are present but relatively velvety. Black fruit aromas emerge with greed and stretch through to the very persistent finish.