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    21
  • Decanting time

    1h
  • 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

1990 An elegant, structured wine with a wonderful richness of tannins ensuring an excellent future.
Assemblage:

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

Very mild and dry. Hardly any rain or frost.
Printemps:

Very stormy and exceptionally warm, then very cold between May 15th and June 15th. Flowering of the Merlots started on May 16th and was completed on the 26th.
Mid point of flowering: May 27th
Été:

Very hot weather. Slow, uneven, and drawn out ripening as a result of the drought..
Mid point of changing colour: August 6th
Automne:

Some rain at the end of August and beginning of September, which restarted the vegetative cycle.
Harvest: from September 21st to October 7th



Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

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.


History
1686-1689
The archives record the creation of a property by Pierre de Mazure de
Rauzan, a great name in the history of Bordeaux wine. Thérèse, the founder's daughter, received it as dowry when she married Jacques de Pichon Longueville, the first President of the Parlement de Bordeaux. Thus began the history of one of the greatest Bordeaux vineyards.
1850
The Baron Joseph de Pichon Longueville’s children Raoul and Virginie inherited the property. After a period of several years during which the property was administered by the Baron Raoul de Pichon Longueville, the rupture was effective. From then on the lands of Pichon Longueville would have two very different futures.
Anticipating this indivision, Virginie married Count Henri de Lalande,
and took over the control of the domain, the Count giving her independence and the title of Comtesse de Lalande. Her passion for vines and the quality of her management made her a strong personality in the Médoc in the last century, leaving her mark on the domain that has kept her name. In 1855 the Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande acquired the status of Second Cru Classé.
1900-1925
In 1920 the vineyards were auctioned. Edouard and Louis Miailhe, descendants of an old Bordeaux family of Vineyard owners and wine dealers, bought the Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande in 1925.
1978-today
May Eliane de Lencquesaing, the daughter of Edouard Miailhe, became the
owner and administrator of the Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de
Lalande. She quite naturally revived the tradition of the Comtesse de
Lalande, personally overseeing the management of the family domain with
her passion for wine and strict management.

Vineyard soil: gravel on top of clay

Production area: 75 ha

Grape varieties: 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 12% of Cabernet Franc, 8% of Petit Verdot

Harvest method: hand picked

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Vintage 1990

An early, even flowering, a warm but unspectacular summer and an exceptionally hot period during the end of August and the first half of September. It was this heat that made it possible for the record harvest to not only to fully ripen, but also to concentrate the fruit.  The harvest started on September 14 and was finished before heavy rains commenced on October 2. Another reason for the success of the vintage was that most châteaux had invested in their cellars and were able to work such a large and hot harvest. It was now possible to control the fermentation temperatures better than in earlier hot vintages, such as 1947. The grapes produced wines with such high natural alcohol that chaptalization became unnecessary. They showed deep colour, high and unusually soft tannin levels and a better acidity than first thought, as well as great fruit concentration. The media hype was great, particularly thanks to the advent of new wine magazines - this was the vintage that cemented Robert Parker’s reputation. The prices rose rapidly and have not looked back since. I remember all Premier Crus (including Pétrus) being offered to end consumers for around 50 euros en-primeur in 1983.

The scene when the 1990 vintage came along was quite different. There was a surplus of very good to great wine on the market – for the first time there was talk of three great vintages following one another. This lead to most châteaux lowering their prices by about 20 per cent compared to their 1989 prices, even though the quality was outstanding. There had been a steady increase in prices during the 1980s, but they were now more or less back to the opening prices of the 1982s. It was again a record harvest, but because most châteaux had by now introduced a ‘second wine’ and due to the fact they were more selective with regards to quality, there was actually less wine being bottled as ‘Grand Vin’ than in 1982.

We have been following both these vintages from a comparatively early age, as they were both precocious and easy to drink from the start. The top wines from both vintages are spectacular, but the overall quality is much higher in 1990. Here the wines were equally successful on both sides of the river, and even minor châteaux produced something special. We have always found most 1982s from the right bank to be too alcoholic and lacking in structure; indeed many are now ageing rapidly.

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Tasting note

color

Medium

ending

Medium

nose

Intense

recommend

Yes

taste

Complex

Verdict

Well made

Written Notes

We skipped along to a duo of 1990 Bordeaux, beginning with a 1990 Pichon Lalande. This has always been a maligned wine thanks to a 79 point rating many years ago. Everyone wakes up on the wrong side of the bed here and there, but this is no 79 point wine. It showed well on this occasion, quite forward and fragrant. It was almost rich, possessing lots of coffee aromas with a touch of grinds. The palate was leaner and dry, with garden, cedar and wafer flavors. It was a bit weedy with a ‘green edge,’ but this was drinkable. There was a high percentage of Petit Verdot this year, and there was mention of the Madame’s husband dying of cancer at the time, which might explain its sub-par performance. But 79 points? No (89).
  • 89p

This is slightly lighter in depth of colour than the Pomerol. A touch of amber at the rim but not of any concern. Deep horse hair nose, edge of rusticity even over maturity as per the vintage, ripe black fruits even pruney, though it doesn’t inhibit the overall aromas which are very Medocaine, mature, classic cedar notes and an edge of orange. Nicely silky on the palate, with a good mid palate, ample red cherry and spice here too. It is definitely brighter red fruits than the Pomerol with a savoury element. White pepper on the finish. Fading rather quicker than the Clinet but certainly giving it a run early doors. Drink up.

Drink now-2018+, 93/100.

  • 93p

Much Cabernet taste in this wine, elegant and with great finesse. Splendid balance and smooth aftertaste. Lacks maybe more concentration but the other ingredients here are just fine. At its peak now.

  • 90p
Good looking normaali size bottle and in an erinomainen condition. This wine is fine.
- (Tasting note created by Tb's AI)
  • 90p
In neck fill. Ruby, garnet rim. Intense nose of truffles, cedar, cassis, leather, cigars, detailed and nuanced nose, superb. Gorgeous. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh and fruity, detailed, superb bottle, long and refined finish. 95
  • 95p
Sweet attractive fruit. Mature. A bit short finish. It was always disappointing for the vintage. Should be drunk soon. Better than ist Reputation though.
  • 85p
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Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

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