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Château Pichon-Longueville, Comtesse de Lalande





Grape Blend:

Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot | Cab. Franc | Petit Verdot

Château Pichon Comtesse de Lalande, 2ème Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2019

Tasting Note:

Wow, what a wine! We've come to expect great things from Pichon since Nicolas Glumineau took the helm, but this could be the best yet - it's certainly right up there with the magnificent 2016. Crafted from 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc. This is initially quite an introvert, but with aeration notes of cassis, violets and iris emerge, then hints of liquorice, pencil shavings, cedar and delicate spice. There's a cool reserve. The palate reveals the inherent quality of the 2019; this is powerful, dense and complex, yet there is such a sense of harmony and control, it has clearly been made with much precision and possesses such wonderfully taut, composed fruit. Glorious texture, pure cassis and crème de mûre fruit interspersed with starry, bright cranberry and hints of graphite. This is truly multidimensional, divulging its complexity with modesty and grace. Subtle nuances delight the mouth; it’s so effortless and refined. The tannins tantalise the taste buds, exposing a multifaceted array of flavours: cigar smoke, mulberry, juniper, kirsch; the finish seems infinite. This is the epitome of classy Pauillac. Simply wonderful!

“The 2019 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande was picked 16 September to 8 October. It has a showstopping nose: intense black fruit laced with graphite and mint. (Whisper reminds me of their First Growth next door neighbor.) The palate is underpinned by very refined tannins that cradle what may well be the purest fruit you will find in this vintage. Unbelievably precise all the way through to the finish, I admit staring at my glass trying to find fault with it. Unless winemaker Nicolas Glumineau gets distracted by the new Cure album and makes a catastrophic error during the rest of its élevage, which he is not prone to doing, you are not looking at a modern-day 1982 or 2016, but something even better and more profound. Tasted from three bottles with consistent notes. 2026 - 2065. 98-100/100". - Neal Martin,

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