Nicolas Glumineau, formerly of Château Montrose, will now have overall responsibility for all the Louis Roederer Bordeaux properties – Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Château de Pez, Château Haut Beauséjour and Château Bernadotte.
For many wine lovers, at its best, Château 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.
Dating back to the 17th century, the history behind Château Pichon Longueville is a long one starting with Pierre de Mazure de Rauzan responsible for forming many of what are now widely considered the top Bordeaux wine producing properties today. The vineyards Pichon Lalande earned its name years later when Thérèse, daughter of the founder, received the estate as a dowry when she married Jacques de Pichon Longueville. Château Pichon Lalande remained unaltered and in the hands of one single family for more than 250 years, up to the French Revolution.
Baron Joseph de Pichon Longueville succeeded his mother and took over Pichon Lalande when he was only 19 and continued until his death at 90. During this time Pichon Lalande earned the coveted Second Class designation in the 1855 Classification.
The estate was eventually divided and ended up making two very different styles of Bordeaux wine from Pauillac. That is still the case today. Virginie, the wife of the Count of Lalande took over the management of the estate under the name of Comtesse de Lalande.
Without heirs, Château Pichon Lalande was finally bought in 1925 by the Miailhe brothers, descendants of Bordeaux property owners and wine-brokers. In 1978, ownership passed to May Eliane de Lencquesaing, Edouard Miailhe’s daughter, and for almost 30 years, she ran the family estate in person, and under her management the cru took on a new dimension.
May-Eliane de Lencquesaing sold Pichon Lalande to the owners of Roederer Champagne house in January 2007. This family-run company is managed by Frédéric Rouzaud and owns several other wine estates in Bordeaux: Château Bernadotte - Château de Pez and Château Haut Beausejour and Château Réaut la Gravière. Château Bernadotte was sold in December 2012.