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Château Pichon-Longueville, Comtesse de Lalande





Grape Variety:

Cab Sauvignon Merlot

Château Pichon Comtesse de Lalande, 2ème Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2018

Tasting Note:

Nicolas Glumineau is a modest man not prone to hyperbole, so when he says 2018 is a vintage that will 'traverse time and remain a true point of reference', we sit up and take note. Produced from 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the 2018 Pichon Comtesse is a masterful wine, like a piece of classical music, with many parts of the orchestra combining in perfect harmony. Nicolas has kept the femininity and pure Pichon 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 amplitude on the 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. This is more introspective than other recent vintages; after some coaxing classic aromas of violets, griotte, spice, bramble and fine gravelly minerals emerge. This has such impressive purity on the palate; waves of refined fruit coat the mouth - there is a seamless texture - velour fruit caresses the palate. Pure crème de cassis and mulberry are interspersed with notes of coal, cocoa nibs and cranberry. We love the style. This is broad and deeply concentrated, yet there is nothing gawkish. It is composed, refined, elegant, perfectly proportioned. As one would expect from one of Nicolas' wines, the tannins are pitch perfect. They frame the sumptuous palate with salted small berries and delicate mineral notes. It has real tannic finesse, effortless, graceful, deeply nuanced; this is a joy to taste. A really aristocratic Comtesse.

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