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  • Country ranking ?

    3 330
  • Producer ranking ?

    20
  • Decanting time

    1h
  • When to drink

    Now
  • Food Pairing

    Lamb Stew with Root Vegetables

The Story

Château Pichon Longueville de Lalande is ideally situated between the Gironde estuary and the Atlantic Ocean. The variety of parcels of land, due to the elements of the earth and their encepagement explains the complexity of the personality of the wines of Pichon. Since the end of the 1970's, the reputation of Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande has acquired the status of a "super second" and a "nearly first", in light of the consistency of its quality.

The unique encepagement and the twelve hectares of vines situated on the soils of St Julien endow the wines of Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande with an exceptional personality compared with the other crus of the Pauillac appellation. Complexity, elegance and longevity are the hallmarks of this race, they are found every year during the creation of the vintages..

The nose is distinguished by a bouquet of aromas, mixing blackcurrant and violet, vanilla and cinnamon. In the palate, the tannins appear mature and melted, revealing a strong and affirmed structure, a surprising suppleness, perfect harmony and long persistency. The wine is seductive when young without prejudicing its longevity. James Laubé of the Wine Spectator baptised Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, "A First Class Second Cru", a most fitting tribute...

 

Pichon-Longueville Lalande is a 75-hectare property that produces on average 36,000 cases per year. Located in the east of the Pauillac appellation, the vineyards (Cabernet Sauvignon 45%, Merlot 35%, Cabernet Franc 12%, Petit Verdot 8%) lie on deep gravel beds underpinned by clay and then sandstone and limestone (part of these vineyards actually reside in the St-Julien appellation). The wine is fermented in stainless steel cuvées and then matured in oak barriques (50% new) for 18 months.

Pichon-Longueville Lalande is not as powerful or as tannic as some its Pauillac neighbours and this is mainly because of its relatively high Merlot content. In the best years, it is one of the most exotic and voluptuously scented wines of the Médoc. At least a decade of cellaring is required before the wines should be approached.

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Vintage 1953

1953 was the first top vintage of the 1950s. The year ended up to be an excellent one, even though the heavy rains of September threatened to destroy a good year. The hot, dry summer was crowned by a perfect August. The mercury rose above 30°C on more than half of the days in August. Fortunately, the rains that came in mid-September made way for ideal harvest conditions at the beginning of October. The finest wines of this vintage are united by their elegance, delicacy and temperance. They should ideally be decanted for two hours before drinking. The vintage received praise particularly in Médoc, which produced the best wines of the entire vintage. One of the most highly renowned of these is the Château Lafite-Rothschild. Many consider it to be best Lafite-Rothschild of the entire 20th century. Although Graves and Sauternes also produced some top wines, Pomerol and Saint-Émilion today offer so many outstanding creatures, with the crème de la crème being the Cheval Blanc and Lafleur.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

14 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Full

ending

Long, Smooth and Spicy

flavors

Blackcurrant, Raspberry, Cherry, Cedar, Tobacco and Mineral

nose

Intense and Opulent

recommend

Yes

taste

Rich, Ripe, Elegant and Sweet

Written Notes

Fine-looking nécociant-bottled magnum. Decanted 45 minutes. Deep, royal purple in color. On the nose intense flavours and aromas of currants, tobacco, raspberries, and spices. This sweet, smooth and multi-layered wine unfolds on the palate seemingly endlessly with supple, refined flavours of sweet cherries, raisins, cedar, spices, and minerals. Indeed, very rich and long. This magnum had a slightly acidic finish but showed plenty of ripe, delicious fruit and elegance.
  • 94p

Information

Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1953  ( Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande )

"Fine-looking nécociant-bottled magnum. Decanted 45 minutes. Deep, royal purple in color. On the nose intense flavours and aromas of currants, tobacco, raspberries, and spices. This sweet, smooth and multi-layered wine unfolds on the palate seemingly endlessly with supple, refined flavours of sweet cherries, raisins, cedar, spices, and minerals. Indeed, very rich and long. This magnum had a slightly acidic finish but showed plenty of ripe, delicious fruit and elegance."

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