Bordeaux Chateaux

Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac 2009

R5,995

One of Pauillac’s super second, worthy of great praise in power, elegance and seductiveness with age-worthiness

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Description

Description

 

Additional information

Additional information

Curated Selection

Top Rated

Grape Variety

Bordeaux Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Other Varietals

Producer

Bordeaux Chateaux

Product Type

Red Wine

Vintage

2009

Wine Group

Prestige

Wine Occasion

Indulgence, Icon & Invest

Wine Region

Bordeaux, Bordeaux – Left Bank

Critics Top Rating

97 points

Story

Story

Château Pichon-Longueville Lalande is one of the most important Super Seconds and this 2ème Cru Classé Pauillac estate has made tremendous strides in the last 20 years. This is largely due to the energy, drive and ambition of May-Eliane de Lenquesaing, who took over the property in 1978 before selling it in 2003 to establish Glenelly estate in Stellenbosch.

Pichon-Longueville Lalande is a 75-hectare property that produces on average 36,000 cases per year. Located in the east of the Pauillac appellation

Specifications

Specifications

Vineyards – lie on deep gravel beds underpinned by clay and then sandstone and limestone (part of these vineyards actually reside in the St-Julien appellation).

Blend – 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot

Winemaking – The wine is fermented in stainless steel cuvées and then matured in oak barriques (50% new) for 18 months.

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Pichon-Longueville Lalande is not as powerful or as tannic as some its Pauillac neighbours and this is mainly because of its relatively high Merlot content. In the best years, it is one of the most exotic and voluptuously scented wines of the Médoc. At least a decade of cellaring is required before the wines should be approached.

Critic Ratings

Critic Ratings

Wine Enthusiast – 95 points – *Cellar Selection

 A seductive wine, deliciously ripe with the softest, juiciest fruit over smoky new wood. The wine shows intense fruit as well as a soft Merlot core. The tannins are beautifully integrated in this ripely sweet wine.


Decanter – 97 points

 Roederer Estates had owned Pichon Comtesse for three years prior to the 2009 vintage, having taken over in 2006, with Gildas d’Ollone as managing director and Thomas Do-Chi-Nam as technical director. Together, they created a stunning, lyrical 2009 that just begs to be savoured. It’s ripe and intense, rippling with juicy blackberry and blackcurrant fruit and touches of violet on the nose. A beautifully balanced wine. Drinking Window 2021-2046.


Vinous- 97 points

The 2009 Pichon Lalande is ripe and decidedly flamboyant from the very first taste. Dense and voluptuous in the glass, with serious richness, the 2009 is also almost shockingly tannic. It won’t be ready to drink anytime soon, and yet, there is so much to look forward to. The warm, dry conditions yielded a dense, exotic Pichon Lalande, but there is serious structure beneath all of the fruit.


Wine Advocate – 97 points

 Deep garnet colored, the 2009 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is a little reticent to begin, slowly giving way to notions of warm black cherries, blackcurrant cordial, stewed plums and sautéed herbs with hints of damp soil, tobacco and beef drippings. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with tightly wound black fruit and earthy layers, framed by ripe, fine-grained tannins and lovely freshness making for a long, lively finish. Classic! Drink 2020-2053.


James Suckling- 96 points

What a great nose of blackberries, currants and spices. Hints of fresh herbs. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and lovely fruit. Such finesse and beauty. Wonderful to taste. Reminds me of the legendary 1982. Try in 2018.

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