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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96-98

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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95-97

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

96-97

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

94-97

94-97

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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17

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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92

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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96-97

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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96

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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94-96

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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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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