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Date Printed: 9/17/2014
Chateau Pichon-Longueville-Comtesse de Lalande Reserve de la Comtesse 2005
Chateau Pichon-Longueville-Comtesse de Lalande Reserve de la Comtesse 2005
(search item no. 104396)
collectible wine
older vintages

The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 9/17/2014: $79.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Vigorous with a fresh attack, well-polished tannins, beautiful acidity and richly flavored.

49% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot

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About Chateau Pichon-Longueville-Comtesse de Lalande:

The Pichon Longueville estate goes back to 1688-1689. In 1850, Virginie de Pichon Longueville, Countess de Lalande, and her two sisters inherited three-fifths of the vineyard from their father. This took on the name of Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. In 1978, May-Eliane de Lencquesaing, daughter of Edouard Miailhe, in turn inherited this beautiful property and devoted herself entirely to continuing the tradition of quality wine.

Just two families have been responsible for maintaining this wine's superb reputation for three centuries. Bordering on Château Latour, Second Growth Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is located in the southern part of Pauillac, near Saint-Julien. The unusual choice of grape varieties (there is a much higher percentage of Merlot than average) is a partial explanation for this wine's outstanding personality, marked by elegance, balance and finesse. Traditional methods and modern technology combine to make the most of the estate's prestigious soil. The international reputation of this "Super Second" Growth can be attributed to unfailing quality and dynamic owners.