12 x Chateau Pichon Lalande 2003, 2ND GCC

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Case Size: x 0.75. Geneorus and filled with ripe plums and blackberries. Silky tannins, supple texture with flavours that are open now.

  • VINTAGE: 2003

    GRAPE: Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot

    ORIGIN: France - Bordeaux

    TASTE PROFILE: Robust Red - Powerful & Bold

    DELICIOUS WITH: Beef, Lamb, Game, Poultry


    IDEAL FOR: Dinner, Romantic dinner, Special occasion, Impress

    SIZE: 0.75

    EXPERT RATINGS: 95 - Robert Parker

    THE STORY: For many wine lovers, at its best, Chateau Pichon Lalande is one of the best examples of Bordeaux wine from Pauillac. Sensuous textures, deep concentrated layers of ripe fruit and a perfume filled with earth, tobacco and cassis are what you’ll find in Pichon Lalande. The first mention of what is now called Chateau Pichon Comtesse de Lalande discusses the creation of the vineyard by Pierre de Mazure de Rauzan. Pierre de Mazure de Rauzan is responsible for forming many of what are now widely considered the top Bordeaux estates today! Pichon Lalande earned its name years later when Therse, the daughter of the founder received the estate as a dowry when she married Jacques de Pichon Longueville. Jacques de Pichon Longueville was not only famous for his efforts as a chateau owner, he was also elected as the first President of the Bordeaux Parliament. During the 18th century the wine-growing influence at Pichon Lalande was definitely feminine. Perhaps that explains part of the wines sensuous qualities. Pichon Lalande was essentially managed by three women: Therese de Rauzan, Germaine de Lajus and Marie Branda de Terrefort. Baron Joseph de Pichon Longueville succeeded his mother taking over Pichon Lalande when he was only 19. He was 90 years old when he died. What happened next changed the landscape of the Medoc forever. On the eve of his death in 1850, Baron Joseph de Pichon Longueville divided the property between his five children. Wanting to be fair to everyone, his two sons received two fifths of the vineyard and the cellars, his three daughters, took the other three fifths. After a few years, the estate was officially broken up. From then on, the Pichon Longueville properties had two separate identities and ended up making two very different styles of Bordeaux wine from Pauillac. That is still the case today at the Left Bank estates. What happened next was, Virginie, the wife of the Count of Lalande took over the management of the estate under the name of Comtesse de Lalande. In 1850 she commissioned the popular, architect Duphot to build a residence inspired by the Hotel de Lalande, located in Bordeaux. Like many of the women before and after her, she made a lasting impact on the estate, which still bears her name. Without heirs, Pichon Lalande passed down from aunts to nieces. Following World War 1, the Miailhe brothers, bought Pichon Lalande in 1925. It was the Miailhe brothers who planted more Merlot in the vineyards.