2015 Pichon Lalande



This En Primeur release comes from one of our favourite producers: Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. It’s a great performance from Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, the famous Pauillac 2nd growth, in 2015.

 

Both Galloni and Neal Martin loved what Pichon Lalande produced in 2015. Galloni calls it “A dazzling, towering wine” and “one of the wines of the vintage” while Martin calls it “quite brilliant”. It is a classic Pauillac from a great producer in a brilliant vintage and so for the claret buyer, a very strong proposition.

 

Also worth snapping up is one of the best second wines of Bordeaux, the Reserve de la Comtesse 2015. For those wanting to know what this property is all about, it offers a fantastic insight at a very reasonable price.

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Average critic rating : 95.11 points

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A dazzling, towering wine, the 2015 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande has put on considerable weight in just the last few months. Today, the 2015 is vivid and intense, with a huge backbone of tannin and marvelous complexity. In 2015, the Cabernet Sauvignon is pushed higher as the Merlot was less consistent in its ripening. Graphite, charcoal, tobacco, crème de cassis and new leather are some of the signatures in what is shaping up to be a super-classic Pichon-Lalande. Simply put, the 2015 is one of the wines of the vintage. Tasted four times. Apr 2016, www.Vinous.com

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The 2015 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot that was picked from 10 September with the young Merlot, finishing on 9 October. It includes 12.5% vin de presse (which incidentally was included in the blend). It has a very pure bouquet with expressive Merlot imparting black cherries and wild strawberry aromas that are embroidered with a thread of graphite. I noticed how it errs more towards black fruit with extended aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with edgy tannin on the entry, the Cabernet Sauvignon here in the driving seat despite that level of Merlot trying to get in a look. Together they give a sense of completeness to this Pichon Lalande that has semblances towards the great 1996. Whereas this Pauillac has a tendency to be more approachable than others, in fact, the 2015 has the backbone and substance to suggest that it will require a minimum of ten years' ageing, but patience will be amply rewarded. Nicolas Glumineau has overseen a quite brilliant Pichon Lalande here. Apr 2016, www.eRobertParker.com, Drink: 2027-2060

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96-97

This is absolutely beautiful with super tannin quality that gives you the most silky texture. Precise. It goes for minutes. Full and concentrated yet all in balance. Mar 2016, JamesSuckling.com

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This has excellent energy, featuring voluptuous blackberry and black currant fruit lined with cassis bush, bay leaf, wet stone and iron notes, with sweet tobacco filling in the background. The finish is broad and long, with a nice graphite edge. This is Pauillac. Mar 2016, James Molesworth, www.WineSpectator.com

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68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc. 1% Petit Verdot. Very sweet and round and velvety. Lots to treasure here. Especially for those in a hurry! Ripe and rich. Lip smacking. But to be avoided by those who like their Pauillacs to have a hint of austerity. 13.6%. Apr 2016, www.JancisRobinson.com, Drink: 2022-2038

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Fragrance and depth on the nose but a sense of over-ripeness puts it out of step with the vintage at the moment – even with the Comtesse lift and freshness. But time will probably be on its side. Apr 2016, Steven Spurrier, www.Decanter.com, Drink: 2022-2035

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This beauty is hard to resist. Deep, dark ruby in color, this wine opens with licorice, tobacco and cassis dusted with cocoa, herbs, spice and blackberries -- and that’s just the beginning. Pure silk and velvet in texture, this wine feels delightful on your palate and the sensuous experience carries all the way through. With a smattering of dusty tannins, the dark ripe fruits in the finish combine freshness and purity. A blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon , 28% Merlot , 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot , this wine reached 13.6% alcohol with a pH of 3.68 and was produced from about 50% of the harvest. 2015 could turn out to be the best vintage of Pichon Lalande in 20 years! Nicolas Glumineau is really starting to get things right at Pichon Lalande. It is going to be great seeing both Pichon's go "Mano a Mano" as to which estate produces the best wine. However, the consumer is the real winner because each property is going to continue upping their game. Apr 2016, www.thewinecellarinsider.com

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This is a delicious Pichon, showing the château’s classic femininity and poise. The Cabernet is particularly fine and aromatic, providing the core of the wine, and is complemented by the spice, perfume and plushness of the other varieties. Brilliant winemaking. Apr 2016, www.timatkin.com, Drink: 2022-2035

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This is a surprisingly tender wine with its opulent Merlot filling out the firmer Cabernet. The acidity cuts to the heart while leaving room for a fresher, crisper character that is juicy and delicious. This will be a very fine wine. Apr 2016, Roger Voss, www.wineenthusiast.com



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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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