Pierre de Mazure de Rauzan founded Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande in the 17th century. The chateau received its current name after the marriage of Virginie, the daughter of Joseph de Pichon Longueveille, and the Count of Lalande. For 250 years, the family has been determined to produce quality wines using the historical know-how of the chateau.
A rich history that began in the 17th century
Pierre de Mauzure de Rauzan was able to recognize the potential for wine growing as early as the 1680s. At the time the Medoc was composed of marshlands that were hostile to most plant life. This didn’t stop him from purchasing 40 plots of land composed of gravel, near Pauillac. A 19 year old by the name of Joseph de Pichon from Longueville purchased the castle, in 1779, and ran the estate until his death. Joseph spent a lot of time and effort in the vineyard, which is why in 1855 Pichon Baron received the status of Second Classified Growth. Just before his death, he divided the property amongst his five children. Virginie Pichon Longueville, his daughter, administered the shares of her two sisters and created her own estate after she married the Count de Lalande. Thus, creating Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. The chateau underwent several hardships, shortly after. The estate was passed around between distant family members before having to be sold at the end of the WWI. In 1925, May Eliane de Lencqusaing fell in love with the estate. She took it upon herself to invest greatly in modernisation and to develop its identity in the wine world. After working on perpetuating the chateau’s name throughout the world she sold it to Maison Louis Roederer in 2007. Louis Roederer has focused on preserving the integrity of the chateau, respecting the terroir and producing perfectly prestigious wines.
The Distinct terroir of Saint-Julien
The vineyard began as an 11 hectare property in the Saint-Julien appellation. Today, it covers 89 hectares. There are also parcels of land located in Pauillac that are diverse and produce complex wines. The wines reveal the diverse characteristics of the soil, due to the stress that the vines undergo. The roots reach down deep into the ground to find nutrients, traversing through gravel from the Garonne and clay. The micro-climate of the Medoc, provide ideal temperatures for optimum maturation of the grapes.
Modern Infrastructure from Maison Louis Roederer
Maison Louis Roederer has not stopped perpetuating the reputation of Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. The vineyard has experienced quite the makeover. Grape varieties planted on the property are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The owners have purchased and installed a new state of the art vat, which vinifies each plot separately. This way each expression of terroir (parcel by parcel) can be appreciated. The vat uses gravity, eliminating the pump over technique, and removing human interference. These investments are just another step towards perfection for Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande.
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