2010 Pichon Lalande



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Average critic rating : 94.8 points

95

95

The 2010 Pichon Lalande is performing extremely well and at the top of the range I predicted several years ago. A final blend dominated much more by Cabernet Sauvignon than usual (66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot), the wine is a tighter, more tannic and structured version of this famed Pauillac, which often tends to have more of a St-Julien-like personality than most Pauillacs. Structured, backward and tannic, yet showing a fat mid-palate that is more savory, broader and more expansive than I remember from barrel, this wine is somewhat reminiscent of the 1986, given the Cabernet Sauvignon domination of the blend. Full-bodied, impressively endowed, and less sexy and velvety than normal, this is a somewhat different style of Pichon Lalande than most readers have been used to. Whether you like it more or less will depend on your point of view, but this wine, unlike most Pichon Lalandes, needs a good 5-7 years of cellaring and should keep for 30+ years. Wine Advocate.February, 2013

95-97

95-97

A blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. The Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the nose with blackberry, rose petal, pencil box and a touch of cedar all with very fine definition. The palate is silky smooth on the entry, very harmonious and focused, fine mineralité coming through, sensual and velvety towards the ripe finish. Extremely pure but powerful, this is a precise, brilliantly executed Pichon-Lalande. I bet Sylvie Cazes is hoping that all vintages will be like this. Drink 2016-2040. Tasted March 2011. Neal Martin erobertparker.com

94-95

94-95

This reminds me of the excellent 1996 or 1986 PL. There’s a velvety and firm texture to this with a bright, citrus acidity and dark fruits. Full and super velvety and long. Racy and very pretty. Such power and clarity that shows the power and tenderness of PL. 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

92-95

92-95

Very sappy and intense, with mouthwatering acidity framing the cassis, violet and tobacco notes, followed by a supervibrant finish that features lots of cassis bush character. The Petit Verdot isn't as obvious on the nose as the 2000, which had 10 percent in the blend, but just as prevalent on the taut finish, where there's plenty of spice, drive and cut. Tasted non-blind. —J.M.James Molesworth, winespectator.com

17

17

Tasted open 7 Apr: Very, very deep crimson. Savoury yet rich – a most attractive mix! Just a little raw. is there much Petit Verdot in this? (No, just 3%, and 7% Cabernet Franc.) Very drying tannins. Not sure it’s quite a dense as it needs to be for the tannin content. Inky. The gap between grand vin and second wine seems unexpectedly narrow here this year. Perhaps this was just not a good day for the grand vin? I will taste it blind tomorrow… Tasted blind 8 Apr: Dark, intense crimson. Very rich and supple. Round and flattering. Mid weight and nicely balanced. Very easy, representative, succulent example of 2010. Lots of integrity. (Score: 17+ 20-35) Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com

18.5

18.5

Lovely expression of supple, rich fruit, beautiful middle palate, lacks perhaps the power of some wines in this vintage, but makes up for it in polish and elegance. Drink 2020-40. (18.5 points) Steven Spurrier, decanter.com

18

18

The 2010 grape varieties are 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot.The 2010 is a deep violet and madder with floral and fruity aromas leading to a classic balance and elegance on the palate of cherry, apricot, fennel and forest fruits. Not as full-bodied, dark or sensual as the 2009, which comprised 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. However, in ten years the 2010 will have some of the refinement and sophistication which will emerge fully by the mid century. In reference to these two years, I heard someone at the château talk about the hare and the tortoise. Ivor Davies

94-96

94-96

Pichon Comtesse de Lalande - Produced from 41 hectoliters per hectare, which is low for the estate, the wine is an assemblage of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Flowers, 5 spice, cassis, truffle, coca and tobacco scents open the aromatics. This rich, tannic vintage of Pichon Lalande offers a full bodied, fresh, concentrated wine brimming with ripe, juicy cassis, black raspberry jam, vanilla and spice. The wine ends with a long, clean, supple finish. 94-96 Pts Jeff Leve winecellarinsider.com

95-97

95-97

Fairly deep ruby, with aromas of fresh blackberries, hint of violets and cedar, this full-bodied and impressive Pichon Lalande has very fresh, vibrant characters and wonderful density, depth and concentration. This is the most concentrated young wine they have made in a decade, yet the style is still elegant and lacking any heaviness. This is another hugely successful Pichon Lalande vintage, with the potential to age for many decades, but I prefer the 2009 by a small margin because of that wine's more seductive aromatics and lighter style. Jeannie Cho Lee MW asianpalate.com

18.5

18.5

66CS 24M2CF 3PV Wow! Now that is good. The volume of the vintage kept in check by the silky tannin Pichon Lalande is so famous for. This is excellent, classic claret.



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Château Pichon-Lalande is one of the greatest wines of Bordeaux, one of the leading estates in Pauillac, and one of the original “super-seconds” along with Châteaux Léoville-Lascases and Ducru-Beaucaillou . Classified as a deuxième grand cru classé in 1855, top vintages of Pichon-Lalande can often match, occasionally overtake, the first growths in terms of quality.

Situated in the south of Pauillac, neighbouring Château Latour and opposite Château Pichon-Baron , the vineyards of Pichon-Lalande are planted to 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot. The blend of the grand vin leans more to Cabernet Sauvignon: much of the Merlot makes it into their second wine, Reserve de la Comtesse. The vineyards total 89 hectares, the majority of which is to be found on the border of St Julien south of Pichon-Baron.

Pichon-Lalande is inevitably compared with neighbouring Pichon-Baron. Stylistically, Pichon-Lalande is the more feminine, more elegant wine whilst Pichon-Baron more powerful, more foursquare. Under the direction of Nicolas Glumineau since 2012, quality at Pichon-Lalande is clearly on the up, and comparisons with neighbouring Château Latour may well be more frequent. Great vintages such as 1982 and 1996 have shown just how great this Bordeaux château can be.



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