Bordeaux 2016: Chateau Pichon Lalande

Bordeaux 2016: Chateau Pichon Lalande
We’ve been pretty effusive about Nicolas Glumineau throughout his career. The wines he produced at Montrose were quite exceptional (including the magnificent 2009 and 2010). When Pichon Comtesse signed him, it was like a high profile football transfer, and the trophies duly followed. 2016 completes a hat-trick of greats. 2014 is sublime, a glorious and vivid expression of Cabernet. The 2015 is pure Pichon class with more than a hint of flamboyance. The 2016 is the crowning glory – this is a wine that has it all: composure, power, finesse, elegance, detail, tension and energy – Nicolas’ touch and the superb terroir have combined to produce one of the most sublime wines of the vintage.

We are enthralled by this great trio, but it is the 2016 that is the most striking. There is such reserve and underlying power beneath the fragrant and detailed fruit. It captures the femininity and charm of the vineyard with such alluring and precise aromatics, a gloriously adorned mid-palate and a grandiose finish. It is clearly a wine of First Growth quality and a legend in the making. At £1420 per dozen it is worth every penny.