Nicolas Glumineau has only been at Pichon Lalande for three full vintages. In this short time, he has transformed the fortunes of this great estate and returned it to the very top of the Bordeaux hierarchy. The 2013, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon cuvee demonstrated the estate’s commitment to quality. The 2014 was arguably the wine of the vintage – the demand was staggering in what was a relatively pedestrian campaign. The 2015 is simply outstanding, the pinnacle of Nicolas’ achievement to date. We first tasted the incredible 2015 Pichon with Stephanie Danglade in February. It was a powerful, lavish, almost extravagant wine. When we re-tasted in April it was monumental, and with promise of more. It still has a plushness, with a luxurious array of fruit, but it has all come together so beautifully with mesmerising aromatics and a thoroughly captivating structure. It is perhaps the most accomplished Pauillac we tasted – a regal, floral effort, true to the noble traditions of this magnificent terroir.
The second wine, La Reserve de la Comtesse is also staggeringly good. At £285 per case, this gorgeous Pauillac bursting with violets and roses is too good to miss!
‘The 2015 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot that was picked from 10 September with the young Merlot, finishing on 9 October. It includes 12.5% vin de presse (which incidentally was included in the blend). It has a very pure bouquet with expressive Merlot imparting black cherries and wild strawberry aromas that are embroidered with a thread of graphite. I noticed how it errs more towards black fruit with extended aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with edgy tannin on the entry, the Cabernet Sauvignon here in the driving seat despite that level of Merlot trying to get in a look. Together they give a sense of completeness to this Pichon Lalande that has semblances towards the great 1996. Whereas this Pauillac has a tendency to be more approachable than others, in fact, the 2015 has the backbone and substance to suggest that it will require a minimum of ten years' ageing, but patience will be amply rewarded. Nicolas Glumineau has overseen a quite brilliant Pichon Lalande here. Drink 2027-2060. 95-97/100’. - Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
‘This is absolutely beautiful with super tannin quality that gives you the most silky texture. Precise. It goes for minutes. Full and concentrated yet all in balance. 96-97/100’. - James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com
‘A dazzling, towering wine, the 2015 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande has put on considerable weight in just the last few months. Today, the 2015 is vivid and intense, with a huge backbone of tannin and marvelous complexity. In 2015, the Cabernet Sauvignon is pushed higher as the Merlot was less consistent in its ripening. Graphite, charcoal, tobacco, crème de cassis and new leather are some of the signatures in what is shaping up to be a super-classic Pichon-Lalande. Simply put, the 2015 is one of the wines of the vintage. Tasted four times. 96-98/100’. - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com