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 6, 2016

 The 2015 vintage of Chateau Pontet Canet, a Pauillac wine estate, is "I think the best I've seen," according to owner Alfred Tesseron, who said early harvesting due to the estate's biodynamic approach meant grapes were brought in before rain came.


"For Pontet Canet, I love the balance," he said at a tasting at the winery. "The rain came at a good time in the summer. The vines didn't stress."


Winemaker Jean-Michel Comme said almost 95 percent of the harvest went into the main wine, compared with about 50 percent before the estate converted to biodynamic practices. 

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