2011 Pichon Lalande

Pichon Lalande

92Average Score
Red
12x75cl
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0 Immediate | 40 Marketplace
£1,175.00
6xMags
-
0 Immediate | 3 Marketplace
£1,175.00
Bts
-
0 Immediate | 9 Marketplace
£100.00
3L
-
0 Immediate | 1 Marketplace
£401.00
6x75cl
-
0 Immediate | 11 Marketplace
£587.00
3xMags
-
0 Immediate | 1 Marketplace
£587.00
6L
-
0 Immediate | 2 Marketplace
£823.00
Mags
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0 Immediate | 1 Marketplace
£197.00
Scores & Notes
Average Score
92
Critic Notes

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

Score: 93-94/100James Suckling

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

Score: 92-95/100Wine Spectator

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.

Score: 17.5-/20FINE+RARE

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

Score: 17.5-/20Decanter

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

Score: 92-93/100Jeannie Cho Lee MW

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

Score: 92-/100Jeff Leve

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

Score: 91-93/100Neal Martin

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

Score: 16.5-/20Jancis Robinson

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. Apr 2014, www.robertparker.com

Score: 89-/100Robert Parker
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Product details
Country
France
Region
Bordeaux
Sub-region
Pauillac
Colour
Red
Taste
Dry
Alcohol %
13%
Product Type
Still wine
Product Subtype
-
Drinking Window
-
Country
France
Region
Bordeaux
Sub-region
Pauillac
Colour
Red
Taste
Dry
Alcohol %
13%
Product Type
Still wine
Product Subtype
-
Drinking Window
-
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