Wine News 

April 6, 2016

Young vines at Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, a Pauillac wine estate, experienced some stress from drought during the summer of 2015, and the grapes benefited from August rain, according to cellar director Stephanie Danglade.

 

"It was moderate stress," she said in the chateau's tasting room overlooking the Gironde estuary. "The rain helped us. We could harvest when we wanted."

 

Pichon Lalande, which recently completed its new winery facilities, is now looking at experimenting with biodynamic methods on a small parcel of land, and will assess results before drawing any conclusions, she said. "We take a reasoned approach to everything."

April 5, 2016

The quality of the 2015 vintage at Chateau Montrose, a Saint Estephe estate owned by French construction and media magnates Martin and Olivier Bouygues, is close to that of the 2010 that constitutes a reference point of excellence for the chateau, according to Chief Executive Officer Herve Berland.

 

"The 2010 was a benchmark for the property," he said during tastings at the Medoc second-growth chateau overlooking the Gironde estuary north of Bordeaux.

 

While 2010 was a touch austere, in 2015 "there was a little of that side as well," Berland said. "It's not spontaneous."

 

"If you compare 2015 to 2010, we are very close," he said.

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