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Origin & Awards
Origin: Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon Blend
Serving Temperature: Best enjoyed between 16 - 18 degrees
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Western Food Pairing: Beef stew, veal, Aged comte
Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de lalande Reserve Pauillac
Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Reserve Pauillac deserves your full, undivided attention. Too often, the wines of this historic Pauillac estate are compared to its Pichon sibling Château Pichon Longueville Baron or its First Growth neighbour Lafite. While Pichon Lalande can more than hold its own amid this esteemed company, comparisons can distract from its distinct, expressive character.
Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de lalande Reserve Pauillac is a heady concoction of inky dark fruit, graphite, new leather, licorice, lavender, spice and grilled herbs soars out of the glass. The 2018 is rich and expansive yet retains a super-classic vertical feel. Plush, silky tannins add to its immeasurable pedigree. Cellar the 2018 for a decade or so, if patience permits. It's a stellar wine in the making. 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.
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AWARDS & ACCOLADES
The second wine of the Château, the 2018 Reserve De Comtesse De Lalande checks in as 53% Cabernet Sauvignon and 42% Merlot, with the balance Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Terrific classic Pauillac notes of blackcurrants, lead pencil shavings, leafy tobacco, and chocolate define this beauty, and it's medium to full-bodied, with a layered, balanced, pure character, present yet ripe tannins, and a great finish. As I wrote last year, it tastes more like a Grand Vin than a second wine. The larger Merlot component shows here compared to its more Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated big brother, and it's a much more plush, silky, sexy wine that already offers loads of pleasure. It's going to evolve for two decades and is well worth seeking out.
This famous estate at the southern end of Pauillac has produced a powerful wine. Packed blackberry fruits, laced with acidity, are just starting out on a long journey along with the tannins. The wine's elegance is beautifully preserved within the structure. With considerable potential, the wine should not be drunk before 2027. *Cellar Selection
Aromas of dried violets, blackcurrants, oyster shells, ink and bitter chocolate. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, tight-grained tannins. Concentrated and tight with an nicely austere finish. Needs a few years to soften.