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  • Decanting time

    5h
  • When to drink

    from 2020
  • Food Pairing

    Venison with Red Wine Sauce

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 2014

A Snap-shot of the 2014 Vintage by Markus Del Monego MW

2014 had an early start with budbreak around 10 days ahead of the 10 years average. End of May flowering started on the early terroirs in heterogeneous conditions, whereas the later varieties such as Cabernet-Sauvignon and Franc as well as later terroirs took advantage of a warm and sunny period beginning of June. July and August where quite cool and humid and in the second half of August the vintners prepared themselves for a vintage even worse than 2013 but at the end of August everything changed. A spledid indian summer througout September and October saved the quality. Harvest started for the white grapes started three days later than in 2012 but two weeks later than 2011. For the red grapes the harvest startet with Merlot at the end of September and ended with the Cabernets in the second half of October. The cool climate during summer provides a higher acidity, the indian summer is responsible for the right ripening.

The dry white wines are on a very good quality level showing crisp acidity and ripe flavours. The noble sweet white wines also take advantage of the higher acidity balancing the opulent sweetness. Therefore this vintage seems more on the elegant side. The presentation of red wines depends very much on the grape varietes and terroirs. Overall the red wines are on a higher quality level than the three previous vintages. Saint-Emilion is excellent on the plateau calcaire and shows in general very good wines.

 In Pomerol the centre of the plateau was in advantage over the surrounding areas. Fronsac was a very positive surprise for 2014. In the Médoc the southern part proved to be more heterogenous than the northern part, where especially Saint-Estèphe was homogenous and excellent. South of Bordeaux Pessac-Léognan presented a very homogenous picture of a very good quality level with outstanding wines from Haut Brion and La Mission Haut Brion.

One last observation: This vintage digests oak in a great way. The oak is even not obvious in wines with a 100% new oak barrels for maturation. Now there are roughtly twelve month to follow for the maturation of the 2014s untill the bottling in 2016. A lot can happen in this period. Let us see how the wines will present themselves after bottling, it will be a very interesting tasting again. 2014 is not a great vintage like 2005, 2009 or 2010 but it will be able to secure a position as one of the very good vintages of Bordeaux.

 

 

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Written Notes

Ruby. Scented, red berries, cassis, elegant nose, floral notes. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, fruity, rounded, playful, long. 95-96
  • 95p
Tasted in April 2016. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon + 22% Merlot + 7% Cabernet Franc + 6% Petit Verdot. Great acidity here, great complexity and length, powerful with strong backbone, remarkable depth and finish. Excellent for the vintage.
  • 94p
Dark purple red with violet hue. Elegant nose with aroma reminiscent of blackberries, blackcurrant and vanilla, hints of chocolate and toasted flavours in the background. O nthe palate well structured with medium weight but good aromatic length. Well balanced tannins, freshness, with lingering fruit in the finish.
  • 94p

Information

Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Best buy

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

Glass Time

4h

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2014  ( Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande )

"Tasted in April 2016. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon + 22% Merlot + 7% Cabernet Franc + 6% Petit Verdot. Great acidity here, great complexity and length, powerful with strong backbone, remarkable depth and finish. Excellent for the vintage."

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2014  ( Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande )

" Ruby. Scented, red berries, cassis, elegant nose, floral notes. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, fruity, rounded, playful, long. 95-96"

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 Markus Del Monego / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2014  ( Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande )

"Dark purple red with violet hue. Elegant nose with aroma reminiscent of blackberries, blackcurrant and vanilla, hints of chocolate and toasted flavours in the background. O nthe palate well structured with medium weight but good aromatic length. Well balanced tannins, freshness, with lingering fruit in the finish."

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 Markus Del Monego / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2014  ( Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande )

"Dark purple red with violet hue and black centre. Excellent nose, somehow closed but with great potential. Blackberries and dark cherries, mild spices. On the palate excellent structure depth and length, elegant fruit and mild spices in the background."

2y 23d ago

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