About Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is a famous French winery located on the Left Bank of Bordeaux, in the Pauillac appellation. It commonly goes by the name of Pichon Comtesse or Pichon Lalande. The winery falls under Second Classified Growth category or the Deuxièmes Grands Crus Classés. It is according to the 1885 Classification. Napolean III had requested for it for the Exposition Universelle de Paris.
During its early years, Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande was a part of a bigger Pichon estate. The other half of the property was what is Château Pichon Longueville Baron today. At that time, Pierre de Rauzan owned the entire land. The estate division that we witness and see today took place in 1850.
In 1925, Louis Miailhe and Edouard Miailhe purchased Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. They were descendants of a family of wine brokers and vineyards owners from Bordeaux. May Eliane de Lencquesaing, Edouard’s daughter, gained ownership and management rights of the property in 1978. Under her leadership and supervision, the winery flourished.
In 2006, May Eliane de Lencquesaing sold a significant share and portion of the winery to the Rouzaud family. The latter were owners of the Louis Roederer Champagne house. She did so with the best interests of Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande in mind. She believed that her actions could ensure the lasting success of the winery. On top of that, May Eliane de Lencquesaing and the Rouzaud family shared the same principles and philosophy. Both intended to work with a careful focus on land administration.
In its early days, Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalandeis remained renowned for its unique wines. They had less Cabernet Sauvignon and a higher amount of Merlot. However, the winery started moving towards more consistent blends in recent years.
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