Like other estates in Bordeaux, the vineyards and property is inter-mingled with another property . For this one, Pichon Longueville Baron . Pichon comtesse vineyards are on the other side of the D2 road, with only a small surface on this side, recently purchased from Chateau Latour .
Kerstin , originally from Germany, works for the estate and is our guide today . In fact , I did'nt notice any accent, and would not have guessed she was foreign born if she had not told us ...
The casks : French oak, from 6 cooperages, including Nadalie, Demptos, Seguin-Moreau . The second wine of the estate, she says, has a lower laying down potential , but still has a comfortable estimated life span of at least 10-15 years .
We then stay a few minutes in an exposition room with hundreds of unique pieces : This is a real museum, made with the personnal collection of the owner, with
wine glasses, wine flacons and bottles from all over the world and across History : Asia, the middle east, the roman empire [ see the picture on left , of a glass from the roman empire ] , 18th century France and England , central europe... The display shelves with the 18th century pieces from England , in particular , shed light on the british refinement and passion for wine . There's also a collection of corkscrews . I regret we did not spend more time to appreciate and imagine what these glasses and containers with so different shapes and style saw and witnessed .
Then , we enter the tasting/reception room . The feminine and artistic imprint is visible here throughout the estate, with art works displayed in the chai and cellar . The reception room has even more art , well lit by the windows and glass-doors overlooking the lawn, the vineyards, and the Gironde river, beyond . The vineyards we see through the windows, by the way, are Chateau Latour's . On the walls, framed "critics choice" medals from the Wine Spectator , 5 of them, 93, 95, 97, 99 and 2001 . Also ten "Decanter Awards" .
Let's not be intimidated ! And let's taste :
__2 Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1998 . Different proportions for this one year older wine : 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc . Ample nose . Fruits . Atypical Pauillac, but Pauillac nonetheless .
Pichon Longueville wines are exported in the major wine markets .