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Single bottle of Red wine Ch. Pichon Lalande, 2nd Growth Grand Cru Classe, Pauillac, 2005 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot & 7% Cabernet Franc

Ch. Pichon Lalande
2nd Growth Grand Cru Classe
Pauillac
2005

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The producer

After Pichon-Longueville was divided between Baron Joseph’s son and daughters in 1850, and Pichon Comtesse de Lalande became its own entity, the estate has often been run by women from Virginie Comtesse de Lalande to the fiercely energetic and ambitious May-Elaine de Lencquesaing, who took over the property in 1978.

Pichon Comtesse is lying across the road from Pichon Baron, and although the chateaux still share a name, they are not related in any other way. The 2nd Growth estate has 75 hectares of vineyards located in the eastern part of Pauillac and planted with 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot. Because of the high Merlot content, and the floral spice which Petit Verdot adds, the wines could be said to be on the softer, less structured and rigid side, and with more grace especially in its youth, compared to most other Pauillac’s with higher contents of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Although this is not to say that Pichon Comtesse lacks in concentration or longevity – these are very impressive and long-lived wines. May-Eliane de Lencquesaing sold Pichon Lalande to the owners of Champagne Roederer in January 2007, and the estate remains firmly in the “Super-Second” level of quality.

The wine

Although in the past the Cabernet Sauvignon proportion of Pichon Comtesse’s Grand Vin was lower, these days it regularly tops 70%, and is complemented by varying proportions of Merlot and Cabernet Franc; most vintages also see a little Petit Verdot, which adds a lovely floral spice note to the blend. Widely known for a softness and grace, especially compared to other Pauillac estates, Comtesse de Lalande does has an unmistakeably powerful structure and body as is classic for the area. These are indeed very long-lived wines, and some of the most finessed in Pauillac.

Type: Red
Vintage: 2005
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub region: Pauillac
Grape: 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot & 7% Cabernet Franc
Style: Savory and Classic
Sweetness: Dry
ABV: 13%
Drinking window: 2010 - 2038
Size: 750ml
Food match: Beef and Venison

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