2011 Pichon Lalande



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Average critic rating : 92.06 points

89

89

The dark ruby/plum-colored 2011 Pichon Longueville, Comtesse de Lalande is an elegant, suave, medium-bodied effort with abundant black cherry and red and black currant fruit. Nearly St.-Julien-like in its texture and personality, this is a well-made, finesse-styled Pauillac to drink over the next 10-15 years. Wine Advocate.April, 2014

91-93

91-93

The headline is that this vintage of Pichon Lalande has the highest percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon ever: 78% accompanied by 8% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. It is aged in 60% new oak and has an IPT of 75. It has a very strict bouquet, obviously dominated by the Cabernet with notes of blackcurrant, tobacco, graphite, a hint of Christmas cake and that tincture of blood orange evident in the second wine. The palate is medium-bodied with a linear, conservative entry that expands nicely in the mouth. It has fine acidity, good tension, fine weight but it is very tightly wound, more so than usual at this nascent stage. Leaving it aside, there is a hint of Lapsong Souchang and graphite towards the finish that shows a little hardness, but that should soften by the time of bottling. A very Pauillac-like Pichon, perhaps the little brother of the 1996? Tasted twice with consistent notes. Tasted April 2012.Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com

93-94

93-94

This is really fantastic for the vintage with a wonderful balance and finesse, yet a firm impressive tannin structure. It's very long and pretty. This has less Petit Verdot in the blend than in past vintages. 52% Cabernet Franc, 43% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

92-95

92-95

This has good intensity, with a very lively core of kirsch, steeped blackberry and dark currant flavors supported by lots of pain d'épices and licorice snap on the finish. Shows drive and length. James Molesworth, WineSpectator.com

16.5

16.5

78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Very dark with a black core. Cedary and dark and pure. Bright, fresh fruit aromas. A little bit herbaceous on nose and the palate. Pretty leafy and quite green on the palate, the Cabernets making themselves felt. Very fresh, lightly structured, savoury, elegant. Not a great deal of depth but juicy in the middle and it is harmonious. Lingers though it really is a little bit green on the finish. Firm and pretty dry. Julia Harding MW, jancisrobinson.com

17.5

17.5

Very fine expression of Cabernet cassis, lovely refreshingly lifted fruit, great elegance and charm and hidden power to last. Drink 2016-2035. (17.5 points) Decanter.com

92

92

A record-setting amount of Cabernet Sauvignon was used in 2011 with 78%. The remainder was taken up with 12% Cabernet Franc, 8% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. The wine will be aged in 60% new oak and reached 13% alcohol. Deep ruby in color with floral, cocoa, cassis, tobacco, olive and hints of mocha scents make up the perfume. The wine has medium body with fresh and bright cassis and boysenberry in the round finish. 92-94 Pts

92-93

92-93

This is an elegant, classic Pichon Lalande with finesse and well handled ripe tannins despite its density this year. The palate is light though substantial with an attractive array of flavours -- cedar box, fresh Chinese red dates and hint of violets. A classic, well balanced Pichon Lalande that will age well. Jeannie Cho Lee MW, AsianPalate.com

17.5

17.5

Retrained and elegant. This is very fine. The fruit manages to stray from the typical 2011 black fruit towards the blue end of the fruit spectrum. Fine, long and elegant.



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Pichon Lalande: The Importance

Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is one of the stars of Pauillac, and one of the original ‘super seconds’ in Bordeaux. Classed as a deuxième cru classé in the 1855 Bordeaux classification, it is recognised that Pichon-Lalande can not only match first-growths, but occasionally outperform them.

 

Described by Robert Parker as “one of Pauillac’s most consistently brilliant wines”, which “can rival the three famous first growths of this commune”, this estate continues to produce outstanding wines, and quality has never been higher.


Pichon Lalande: The Insight

Some of the best vintages at this estate have been 1982, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2010 and 2015, although the persistently high critics scores throughout the years proves how consistent the quality of the wine being produced at this estate is.

 

In one of the best vintages, 2000, the wine produced was described by Robert Parker as “dense purple in colour, with loads of coffee, mocha, crème de cassis, and chocolate notes.” This wine is more approachable in its youth than many Pauillacs, although in the most outstanding vintages, the depth of the wine will mean that it will require a certain ageing time, with Parker recommending that the outstanding 2015 vintage be aged for at least 10 years. That particular vintage was described by Antonio Galloni as “a dazzling, towering wine” that is shaping up to be “one of the wines of the vintage.”

 

A second wine is also produced at the estate called La Réserve de la Comtesse, made in an earlier maturing and ripe style.

 

Pichon-Lalande cannot avoid comparison to its neighbour, Pichon-Baron, however stylistically, Pichon-Lalande offers a much more feminine and elegant style, whereas the wine produced at Pichon-Baron is more powerful and masculine.

 

The vineyards at Pichon-Lalande are planted to 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot and are situated beside Château Latour and Château Pichon-Baron. Unusually for the region, Pichon-Lalande uses a higher concentration of old vine Petit Verdot, planted from 1932, which gives the wine unique floral and herbaceous notes and differentiates it from many of the other wines made in the region.


Pichon Lalande: The Background

The two estates of Pichon-Lalande and Pichon-Baron once formed part of one estate called Pichon Longueville. In 1850, Baron Joseph de Pichon-Longueville divided the estate and gave the part now known as Pichon-Lalande to his daughters. The estate remained with this family until the early 20th Century when the estate was purchased by the Miailhe brothers. May-Eliane de Lencquesaing, the daughter of Edouard Miailhe took over the estate in 1978. She made numerous improvements to the estate, including the expansion of the estate from 40 to 89 hectares of vines and under her supervision, the quality of the wine produced at Pichon-Lalande grew exponentially.

 

The estate was purchased by the Rouzaud family in 2007, who also own Louis Roederer, Domaines Ott and Champagne Deutz, amongst other estates around the world. Before this sale, the estate had been in the hands of only two families for over three centuries, highlighting the estate’s values of consistency and tradition. The new owners implemented many changes at the estate including rebuilding the wine-making facilities and a targeted re-planting programme to ensure that vines were planted in the optimum terroir for the variety. Another renovation took place in 2012, which was estimated to have cost in excess of 15 million euros, showing that no expense is being spared at this estate, something that is reflected in the wine created. Sylvie Cazes, whose family own Château Lynch-Bages, was named the director when the change of hands occurred, and in 2012, Cazes was replaced by Nicolas Glumineau, who previously worked at Château Montrose in St Estèphe.



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