Château Pichon Comtesse de Lalande, 2ème Cru Classé, Pauillac
Château Pichon-Longueville, Comtesse de Lalande

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



Château Pichon Comtesse de Lalande, 2ème Cru Classé, Pauillac, 1995

Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
Château Pichon Comtesse de Lalande, 2ème Cru Classé, Pauillac, 1995
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Independent
Pichon Lalande 1995 has a deep garnet-brick color. It comes bounding out with ready-to-go notes of prunes, fruitcake, and blueberry compote, followed by suggestions of Indian spices, sandalwood, and espresso. The medium to full-bodied palate is jam-packed with flamboyant, expressive black fruit preserves and exotic spice flavors, supported by velvety tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with impressive length. At its peak right now, this vintage has another 10-12 years of cellaring potential.
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Stephen Tanzer, Vinous
Deep red-ruby color. Currant, loam, tobacco and smoky oak on the nose. Silky, sweet and tender in the middle palate; leather, game and chocolate notes add complexity to the wine strong currant component. Showing slightly less harmoniously than the '96, perhaps due to the bottling, but this thoroughly seductive wine has all the components for future greatness.
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Château Pichon-Longueville, Comtesse de Lalande

Château Pichon-Longueville, Comtesse de Lalande

The Pichon Chateaux stand guard at the entrance to Pauillac from St Julien. These formidable structures on opposite sides of the D2 are two of the most iconic buildings in the Medoc and produce some of the most celebrated wines. Until the early 2000s, Madame de Lencquesaing along with her nephew, Gildas d’Ollone ran this estate with great success. The vineyards, bordering those of Chateau Latour at the south of the commune have produced many outstanding wines; this is classic Pauillac terroir ideally suited to producing great Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2007, Madame de Lencquesaing sold to Monsieur Rouzaud of the Champagne House, Louis Roederer. The appointment of Nicolas Glumineau, formally of another high flying second growth, Chateau Montrose has really transformed the fortunes of property. Nicolas’ Midas touch has resulted in a string of outstanding wines, which retain all the feminine charms of the Comtesse vineyard, whilst adding precision, power and a certain polish. Its presence amongst our favourite wines of the primeur tastings is a given. There are very few chateaux producing wines at this level and with such consistency.

There are currently 89 hectares under vine, 11 of which are actually in St Julien. The dominant varietal is unsurprisingly Cabernet Sauvignon (45%), but slightly unusually for this appellation where Cabernet is King, 35% of the vineyards are planted with Merlot. This is a legacy of the previous owners, the Miailhe brothers. Replanting programs are addressing this balance and over time we will see more Cabernet in both the grand vin and the Pichon Comtesse Reserve.

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