2ème Grand Cru Classé
Producer: Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
The famous Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, "Pichon-Lalande" as it is referred to colloquially, comes from the same domain as "Pichon Baron." Beyond their geographical proximity, they are distinguished by their strong personality. Pichon-Lalande has a soft, fleshy and tender character that can sometimes make it seem to be a more feminine wine. Straddling the Saint-Julien river, Pichon-Lalande vineyards are planted with 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot. Now owned by Champagne house Louis Roederer, Pichon-Lalande remains a noble and prestigious Second Growth.
After a mild winter, March and April were cool and humid enough to cause a delayed budding – 10 days later than the previous year. The flowering period was not ideal, with cool temperatures and rain which resulted in some rot and mildew. Halfway through the period, the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Petits Verdot were more developed than the Merlot. The summer did not bring much relief, and it was only thanks to a cool and sunny September with lots of wind that the grapes could start to properly ripen. 150 pickers split into two teams enabled an ideal selection of the grapes.
Terrific texture and opulence, forward fruit, sweet tannin, and a lush personality are dense along with copious quantities of sweet berries, roasted coffee, underbrush, black currant, and black cherry fruit. Sensationally pure, textured, and full-bodied, this will be a flamboyant, showy offering in its youth, but it is capable of lasting 20-30 years.
Robert Parker Rating: 94/96
Grape Variety: 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol percentage: 13%