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  • Country ranking ?

    125
  • Producer ranking ?

    1
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    from 2025
  • Food Pairing

    small crushed potatoes & oil of white truffles and fresh truffles

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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Tasted in September 2017. Consistent notes. Tasted three times in space of 5 months and every time this wine was just mind-boggling. IPT (Index Polyphenol Total) was very high in 2016, reached 81 compared with 74 for 2015. This wine is a showcase, an incredibly styled wine and a hit. 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. Impressive nose of blueberry essence, very precise and focused, velvety texture, extremely sophisticated and rich, awesome depth and length. A serious challenger to likes of Margaux, Haut Brion, Lafite, Latour and Mouton Rothschild. Masterpiece of Nicolas Glumineau!

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Deep colour. Fresh elderberry, inky, dark cherry, cassis aromas. Pure and fresh with classic saturated cassis flavours, plentiful chalky/ grainy tannins and cedar oak/ chestnut oak complexity. Finishes long and sweet. Lovely vigour and mineral freshness, Touch al dente textures gives freshness and vinosity. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus and at Ch Pichon Comtesse de Lalande. 96 points

  • 96p

Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Elegant nose with very fine fruit, multi-layered character, delicate spiciness and toasting aroma, Flintstone in the background. On the palate ripe and fine tannins, very persistent character, a full-bodied wine which remains on the elegant side, opening up slowly. 96

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Information

Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Good

Fake factory

None

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2016  ( Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande )

Tasted in September 2017. Consistent notes. Tasted three times in space of 5 months and every time this wine was just mind-boggling. IPT (Index Polyphenol Total) was very high in 2016, reached 81 compared with 74 for 2015. This wine is a showcase, an incredibly styled wine and a hit. 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. Impressive nose of blueberry essence, very precise and focused, velvety texture, extremely sophisticated and rich, awesome depth and length. A serious challenger to likes of Margaux, Haut Brion, Lafite, Latour and Mouton Rothschild. Masterpiece of Nicolas Glumineau!

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 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2016  ( Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande )

Deep colour. Fresh elderberry, inky, dark cherry, cassis aromas. Pure and fresh with classic saturated cassis flavours, plentiful chalky/ grainy tannins and cedar oak/ chestnut oak complexity. Finishes long and sweet. Lovely vigour and mineral freshness, Touch al dente textures gives freshness and vinosity. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus and at Ch Pichon Comtesse de Lalande. 96 points

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 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2016  ( Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande )

Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Elegant nose with very fine fruit, multi-layered character, delicate spiciness and toasting aroma, Flintstone in the background. On the palate ripe and fine tannins, very persistent character, a full-bodied wine which remains on the elegant side, opening up slowly. 96

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2016  ( Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande )

Ruby. Scented, red berries, anise, floral, detailed, nuanced, seductive nose, blackberries, layered and deep, violets with more air. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, fruity, dark berries, blueberires, some red fruits, juicy, playful, stunning length. 97-99

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