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Réserve De La Comtesse Château Pichon-Lalande Pauillac

France
REGION
Bordeaux - Pauillac
SIZE
75cl
ABV
13%
VINTAGE
2008
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Grape Varieties: 50% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
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TASTING NOTES
An earlier-drinking Pauillac that shares many characteristics with its grand vin sibling, Pichon-Lalande: aromatic, with blackberry and mineral aromas, concentrated and savoury on the palate, with freshness and lift on the finish.

FOOD PARING
Beef, Lamb, Game (deer, venison), Poultry

PRODUCER 
Château Pichon-Longueville Lalande is one of the most important Super Seconds and this 2ème Cru Classé Pauillac estate has made tremendous strides in the last 20 years. This is largely due to the energy, drive and ambition of May-Eliane de Lenquesaing, who took over the property in 1978.

Pichon-Longueville Lalande is a 75-hectare property that produces on average 36,000 cases per year. Located in the east of the Pauillac appellation, the vineyards (Cabernet Sauvignon 45%, Merlot 35%, Cabernet Franc 12%, Petit Verdot 8%) lie on deep gravel beds underpinned by clay and then sandstone and limestone (part of these vineyards actually reside in the St-Julien appellation). The wine is fermented in stainless steel cuvées and then matured in oak barriques (50% new) for 18 months.

Pichon-Longueville Lalande is not as powerful or as tannic as some its Pauillac neighbours and this is mainly because of its relatively high Merlot content. In the best years, it is one of the most exotic and voluptuously scented wines of the Médoc. At least a decade of cellaring is required before the wines should be approached

VINEYARD
AOC Pauillac, opposite Château Pichon Baron, and next to Château Latour. 85 hectares, producing 30,000 cases of the grand vin and 6,000 cases of second wine Réserve de la Comtesse. 

Garonne gravel on clay, containing an iron-rich layer of subsoil. The plots circle the château and lead down to the river alongside Latour.

WINERY
In the vat cellars there are 33 temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks which have both heating and cooling systems. Blending is carried out in late December to early January. The wines spend 18-22 months in oak barrels, with around 50% of new oak each year. Around 25% new oak is used for the second wine.

Cabernet Sauvignon (45%), Merlot (35%), Cabernet Franc (12%) and Petit Verdot (8%), planted at 9,000 vines per hectare. This is a fairly low proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon for such a prominent Pauillac estate, and explains why it has a reputation for such feminine, elegant wines.

Average age of the vines are 35 years. A replanting programme has been underway since Roederer took over however, and they hope to end up 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot.

 

 

 

SPEC

Characteristics
ABV 13%
Awards N/A
Closure Cork
Size 75cl
Grape Variety Merlot Blend
Vintage 2008
Location
Country France
Region Bordeaux - Pauillac
Juicy and unique, offering a cassis bush aroma backed by sweet tobacco.
Reviewer89 points Wine Spectator / FromUnited Kingdom / Date29 Sep 2019
89 points Wine SpectatorJuicy and unique, offering a cassis bush aroma backed by sweet tobacco, plum cake and fig sauce notes that are fleshy for the vintage, followed by a long finish of charcoal, black currant and bittersweet cocoa. Lightly firm in the end, but with a nice core. Drink now through 2019 or cellar.
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