Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is one of the most significant second growths in Pauillac, Bordeaux. It neighbors first-growth powerhouse, Château Latour, with whom the estate shares a similar terroir and climate. This helps to explain the quality of the wine at Comtesse de Lalande, which is sometimes referred to as "nearly first growth".
All five Bordeaux grapes are grown on the estate's 85 hectares (210 acres) in both Pauillac and Saint-Julien, although historically this was dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Wines from Comtesse de Lalande are some of the most voluptuous to come from the Médoc due to the high proportion of Merlot in the blend. However, the amount of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blends is increasing to lend more structure and backbone to future vintages. This will not decrease Merlot's place in the cuvée, but rather the amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
Juicy 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 2016.
Food Pairing: Lamb
Grapes: Merlot,Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot