Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse Lalande 2eme Grand Cru Classe, Pauillac 2018
This vintage has a very pure, elegant nose. The attack is clear, and the wine progressively gets bigger, reaching a very sophisticated balance between the magnificent quality of the tannins, substance, tension and freshness. There is 50% Cabernet Franc in the blend, which elevates the elegance of the wine’s tannic structure and makes the finish complex and long.
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One of the great names of the Médoc and a true “super-second”. Pichon Lalande is one of the most demanded wines of Bordeaux.Characterised by a slightly exotic, spicy character, plump ripe fruit and a polished texture. The percentage of Merlot in the vineyard is high for Pauillac. The “Comtesse” is now owned by Champagne house Louis Roederer and managed by the brilliant wine-maker Nicolas Glumineau, the man who made the awesome Montrose 2009 and 2010 before coming here. A new winery has just been built. The assemblage is quite typically Pauillac this year with 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Harvested for nearly a month from 13th September to 11th October. Alcohol 14 degrees. Nicolas describes this wine as being “A true Pauillac, albeit in the Pichon Lalande style” and a hypothetical blend of the 2010 and 2016.
WINE TASTING NOTES
A deep and intense young red with blackberries and blueberries, as well as green olives and hints of fresh tobacco. But really black fruit. Full-bodied, tight and integrated with a refreshing and harmonious finish. Just floating on the palate. Great tannin backbone to this. A classic. Another flying carpet.
Score: 98/99 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019