La Réserve de la Comtesse 2009 – Pauillac
(2nd wine of Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande)
Varieties: 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46 % Merlot 10%, Cabernet Franc
Average age of the vines: 35 years
Ageing: 18 months - 50% new barrels
With its characteristic feminine style, this wine exudes wonderful aromatics with elegant fruit. Vibrant dark berries, violet, hints, cedar. The flavours are very fresh and vibrant with an openness that will enable early drinkability. The Reserve has less Cabernet Sauvignon, more Merlot and some Cabernet Franc.
The different plots of land that make up the vineyard surrounding the chateau. Eighty nine hectares of vines close to the river, straddle the Saint-Julien stream towards the Léoville plateau and onto the Pichon Longueville plateau to the south of the Pauillac appellation. The extraordinary richness found in the wines of Pauillac is the result of the unique composition of the gravelly soil. The hills are composed of gravel on clay, creating conditions that provide excellent drainage. This gravel from the Quaternary era, known as Garonnaise gravel - particularly in the Gunzian layer, the oldest and topographically highest – is what explains the quality of the best vineyards in the Haut-Médoc.
Château Pichon Comtesse was once part of the larger Pichon estate, owned by Pierre de Rauzan, along with what today is Château Pichon Longueville Baron. In 1850, the estate was divided into the two current Pichon estates. In 1925, Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande was bought by Edouard Miailhe and Louis Miailhe. The daughter of Edouard Miailhe, May Eliane de Lencquesaing (born in 1926) later became the owner and manager of the property. In 2006, de Lencquesaing sold a majority interest in the Château to the Rouzaud family, which also owns the Champagne house Louis Roederer.