Château Pichon-Lalande Château Pichon-Lalande

Pauillac, France

Vintage: 2014 (Current) | 2015 (Pending)

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Château Pichon-Lalande  Château Pichon-Lalande 2015

Overview

Founded in 1689, Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande has quite a spectacular history. The quality and elegance of the wines have been the maxim of all the château‘s owners since Master Winemaker Joseph de Pichon Longueville‘s reign in the 18th century. As owner and administrator during the last thirty years, May Eliane de Lencquesaing has modernized the château‘s installations in the truest respect for tradition. Her indefatigable passion has elevated Pichon to a level equaled only by its consistency all over the world. In October of 2006, Madame Lencquesaing joined forces with Champagne Louis Roederer, thus opening a new chapter in the long and magnificent history of Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. The unique encepagement and the twelve hectares of vines situated on the soils of St Julien endow the wines of Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande with an exceptional personality compared with the other crus of the Pauillac appellation. Complexity, elegance and longevity are the hallmarks of this race, they are found every year during the creation of the vintages.
 

Winemaking

Despite all of the surprises, fears and doubts, 2015 turned out to be a remarkable vintage. The growing cycle took place in perfect conditions up until some extremely dry weather in July, leading to worries over low yields. The rain and associated fungal diseases that we usually fear turned out to work for us from mid-July to mid-September, enabling the vine to reach optimum ripeness levels. The wines are distinctive and exceptionally precise yet also dense and restrained. They remind us of the extremely dense yet ethereal Bordeaux’s of the 1980s, with an excellent ageing potential yet able to be enjoyed in their youth.

Tasting Notes

A classic «Pauillac» nose offering blackcurrant, blackberry and cedar. A light, creamy, long and well-balanced palate dominated by complex notes of blackberry, tobacco and graphite.

Technical Information

Varietals: 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot