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  • Country ranking ?

    813
  • Producer ranking ?

    6
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2045
  • Food Pairing

    Pork Ribs with Maize Stew

erobertparker.com - Neal Martin - September 26, 2014

97 Points "Tasted at the château as part of a private vertical. The 2010 Pichon-Lalande is going to be a modern day benchmark and in many ways, surpasses even the great wines such as the 1982, 1986 and 1996. It has a stunning, intense blackberry, mineral-laden nose that is suffused with great tension and vigour. The palate is medium-bodied but do not let that full you. Here is a Pauillac brimming with tension and focus, the wine achieving tremendous precision on its long and persistent finish. Outstanding."

Wine Spectator - James Molesworth - August 06, 2014

95 Points "Rock-solid, with a classic Pauillac profile of cassis, iron and graphite. Layers of blueberry, blackberry and boysenberry fruit cover the grip for now, but there's serious muscle for the longer haul, revealing a lingering pastis hint. Best from 2020 through 2040."

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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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Latest Pro-tasting notes

<10 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep and Ruby red

ending

Medium

taste

High in Acidity, High alcohol content, High tannin, Youthful, Light and Drying tannins

Verdict

Fine

Written Notes

Dark fruits, scented, detailed and elegant nose, layered and complex. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, fruity, intense, detailed, long. 94
  • 94p
Tasted in October 2015. 66% Cabernet Sauvignon + 24% Merlot + 7% Cabernet Franc + 3% Petit Verdot. Strong and powerful, tight, fat fruit and tannin with excellent ripeness, remarkable depth, complexity and balance. Impressive effort for the vintage.
  • 96p

Information

Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Extraordinary

Value For Money

Best buy

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

Glass time

2h

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2010  ( Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande )

"Tasted in October 2015. 66% Cabernet Sauvignon + 24% Merlot + 7% Cabernet Franc + 3% Petit Verdot. Strong and powerful, tight, fat fruit and tannin with excellent ripeness, remarkable depth, complexity and balance. Impressive effort for the vintage."

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2010  ( Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande )

"Dark fruits, scented, detailed and elegant nose, layered and complex. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, fruity, intense, detailed, long. 94"

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 Mari Kalmari, Pro  tasted  Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2010  ( Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande )

"Nose meaty with mint, with softer taste than 2011-2013"

2y 7m ago

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