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  • Producer ranking ?

    12
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Beef

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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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Wine Information

1989 Despite the drought, an abundant harvest, of excellent quality. A very fruity wine, rich and fleshy, with soft tannins.
Assemblage:

45% Cabernet Sauvignon
35% Merlot
12% Cabernet Franc
8% Petit Verdot
Hiver:

Very mild, no really cold spells.
Vegetative cycle started early.
Printemps:

A cold April. Development of the vine was checked (15 days)
May was very dry. First flowers appeared in the Merlots on May 22nd.
Mid point of flowering May 29th
Été:

Very hot, dry and sunny.
Mid point of changing colour August 4th
Automne:

Hot and sunny. Excellent maturity, especially the Merlots, with the Petits Verdots showing fantastic quality.
Harvest from September 11th to 22nd in ideal conditions.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Mature and Brick red

ending

Long, Lingering and Spicy

flavors

Blackberry, Blackcurrant, Cedar, Leather, Tobacco and Herbs

nose

Mature, Complex and Seductive

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Perfectly balanced, Well-Integrated, Mature, Medium-bodied, Round, Elegant, Silky and Silky tannins

Verdict

Excellent

Written Notes

Tasted three times - last time in April 2018. Consistent notes. Same style as 1990 but more finesse and sophisticated touch here. More depth and longer aftertaste. Delicious wine. This was in 1996. Tasted better 22 years later, tight, complex, sophisticated and with great structure. Fully great wine.

  • 94p
Ruby, garnet rim. Cassis, leather, scented, detailed and elegant nose, layered. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, elegant, detailed, layered, nuanced, superb balance, long and superb. 96
  • 96p
Good deep colour. Fresh , powerfu, spicy. Long finish. One of my favourite Pichon Lalandes. Great now but will age well.
  • 96p
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Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

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