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Colour: Red
Producer: Château Pichon-Longueville, Comtesse de Lalande
Region: Bordeaux
Appellation: Pauillac
Grape Variety: Cab Sauvignon Merlot

Château Pichon Comtesse de Lalande, 2ème Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2017

Tasting Note:

Produced from 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. We were fortunate enough to taste some of the components back in January. It was clear then that the quality was exceptional, but tasting the final assemblage more than confirmed our preconceptions. Nicolas Glumineau has set the bar very high, so we have a certain level of expectation, but year after year it is met and exceeded. Nicolas' handling of this terroir is masterful. He has kept the feminine, pure Pauillac character with its haunting aromas and refined fruit and enhanced it, but has also extracted a little more flesh and roundness giving this a more satisfying mid palate that only previously came from the exceptional vintages such as 1982. He has also achieved a level of precision that is hard to find anywhere else in Bordeaux. The flavours are so well delineated and clear. It opens with a grand overture of meadow flowers, briar fruit, loganberries, graphite and salts. It has such impressive purity on the palate; waves of delectable fruits wash over the mouth seamlessly revealing new nuances. Pure crème de cassis and mulberry are interspersed with notes of coal, cocoa nibs and starry fruits; this is perhaps a little more savoury and sultry than the previous three vintages, but although it is serious and grown up, it feels quite relaxed and at ease. There is superb texture from the authoritative tannins that add extra complexity and grip. This is such a complete wine that flows gracefully from start to its very long noble finish. One of the finest wines we tasted this year!

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