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Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

"True purity of taste is a quality of the mind; it is a feeling which can, with little difficulty, be acquired by the refinement of intelligence; whereas purity of manners is the result of wise habits, in which all the interests of the soul are mingled and in harmony with the progress of intelligence. That is why the harmony of good taste and of good manners is more common than the existence of taste without manners, or of manners without taste."
- Louis Roederer, Proprietor

The heritage of Pichon-Lalande dates back to before the greater Pichon estate was split in half, its sister winery being Pichon-Baron. Unlike its sister though, the wines are much more refined, feminine and full of finesse. The estate is now owned by Roederer, and with the help of oenologists Jacques Boissenot and Hubert de Bouard (of Angélus), it is deemed by Robert Parker as "One of Pauillac's most consistently brilliant wines”.

The Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot blend is softened by a heavy hand of 35% Merlot, making it gentle compared to its Pauillac neighbors. During harvest, a team from Andalusia journeys to Lalande to pick, by hand, the grapes before they are completely destemmed. The scores are high, the wines are lovely, and the investment is worthy. Enjoy the grand vin, Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande or if you prefer, the second wine produced names Réserve de la Comtesse. Notable vintages include 1982, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2005.

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Tasting Notes

Made from a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot, this spectacular 2003 hits all the sweet spots on the palate. A glorious bouquet of cedarwood, jammy black currants, cherries, licorice and truffle is followed by a dense, opulently textured, full-bodied wine with terrific purity and freshness as well as deep, velvety textured tannins. Enjoy this beauty over the next 10-12 years.
This has very ripe fruit, but not overripe. Hints of prunes but mostly currants and spices on the nose, mainly cinnamon. Full-bodied with firm tannins yet polished and velvety. It still has an incredible freshness. I love it. Try it after 2015, but…

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