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Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2010 £275.00
Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
A blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot
Since 2007, the chateau has been owned by the Louis Roederer champagne house and production is now organic/biodynamic. Vineyards, located right next to the Gironde Estuary, cover 102ha and carefully selected fruit from over 70 plots make up the final wine.
The nose is distinguished by a bouquet of aromas, mixing blackcurrant, cinnamon, vanilla and violet. In the palate the tannis appear mature and melted, revealing a strong affirmed structure a suprising suppleness,perfect harmony with long persistency.
Less opulent than the 2009 but with greater freshness and firmer, more tannic finish despite the higher proportion of merlot this year.
"The 2010 Pichon Lalande is performing extremely well and at the top of the range I predicted several years ago. A final blend dominated much more by Cabernet Sauvignon than usual (66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot), the wine is a tighter, more tannic and structured version of this famed Pauillac, which often tends to have more of a St-Julien-like personality than most Pauillacs. Structured, backward and tannic, yet showing a fat mid-palate that is more savory, broader and more expansive than I remember from barrel, this wine is somewhat reminiscent of the 1986, given the Cabernet Sauvignon domination of the blend. Full-bodied, impressively endowed, and less sexy and velvety than normal, this is a somewhat different style of Pichon Lalande than most readers have been used to. Whether you like it more or less will depend on your point of view, but this wine, unlike most Pichon Lalandes, needs a good 5-7 years of cellaring and should keep for 30+ years."
95+/100 points, Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, February 2013