Château Pichon-Lalande Château Pichon-Lalande
Vintage: 2014 (Current) | 2015 (Pending)
March 31, 2017, James Molesworth
“Very solid, with lots of cassis bush and sweet tobacco notes adding texture to the core of crushed ripe raspberry, blackberry and plum fruit flavors. A licorice snap accent dances throughout, while a bolt of iron runs underneath. This is Pauillac. Best from 2020 through 2035.”
Founded in 1689, Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande has quite a spectacular history. The quality and elegance of the wines have been the maxim of all the château‘s owners since Master Winemaker Joseph de Pichon Longueville‘s reign in the 18th century. As owner and administrator during the last thirty years, May Eliane de Lencquesaing has modernized the château‘s installations in the truest respect for tradition. Her indefatigable passion has elevated Pichon to a level equaled only by its consistency all over the world. In October of 2006, Madame Lencquesaing joined forces with Champagne Louis Roederer, thus opening a new chapter in the long and magnificent history of Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. The unique encepagement and the twelve hectares of vines situated on the soils of St Julien endow the wines of Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande with an exceptional personality compared with the other crus of the Pauillac appellation. Complexity, elegance and longevity are the hallmarks of this race, they are found every year during the creation of the vintages.
The nose is distinguished by a bouquet of aromas, mixing blackcurrant and violet, vanilla and cinnamon. In the palate, the tannins appear mature and melted, revealing a strong and affirmed structure, a surprising suppleness, perfect harmony and long persistency. The wine is seductive when young without prejudicing its longevity. The Merlot wine is voluptuous and full-bodied with beautiful color and silky tannins. The Cabernet Sauvignon offers good density and tight yet elegant tannic structure. The Cabernet Franc is complex, bringing fine spicy notes (black pepper) to the blend. The Petit Verdot bring a flowery expression to the wine.
Varietals: 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 8% Cabernet France and 5% Petit Verdot