Château Pichon Longueville
Located on the left bank in Pauillac, Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande and Pichon Longueville Baron were once one large estate that, after the passing of Joseph de Pichon Longueville, was split between his two children, later changing hands. Under May-Éliane de Lencquesaing, the estate hit new quality levels which led people to consider it a “super” Second Growth, or even better than its 1855 classification.
Currently owned by the Rouzard family, Pichon Lalande has incorporated sustainable farming and is slowly transitioning to biodynamic viticulture. The château is ideally situated between the Gironde estuary and the Atlantic Ocean, is defined by gravel and clay soils, and enjoys a microclimate that tempers extreme weather, which facilitates a long ripening season.
The wines of Pichon Lalande are cabernet-dominated wines but for the left bank, where there is a notable mix of merlot. The wines are remarkably consistent, balancing elegance and power with layers of dark fruit and a lead-pencil minerality.