2018 Pichon Longueville Lalande (Pauillac)

Subtle and complex, but instantly the kind of stop-you-in-your-tracks kind of bouquet that only the truly great wines have. Remarkable, profound, effortless, and first-growth in quality. (NT 30/04/19)
Origin
Pauillac, Medoc, Bordeaux FRANCE
Colour
red
Wine Style
dry
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon
Closure Style
cork
Maturity
young
Bottle Size
75cl
Case Quantity
6
Wine Score
99 points, Jane Anson, decanter.com, April 2019 17.5 points, Julia Harding, jancisrobinson.com, April 2019
97-99 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, robertparker.com, April 2019
95-98 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2019
96-98 points, Chris Kissack
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Media Reviews

Jane Anson

This has to be up there with one of the most seductive Comtesses on record with layers of alternating softness and concentration combined with a lot of 2016’s elegance and power. The nose on this stands out a mile, getting it right up on the podium before you even take a sip. Rich raspberries combine with peonies and curls of woodsmoke while the appellation’s signature slate, cedar, liquorice and tannic grip slowly builds up on the palate. I’ve tasted this several times with each conveying a juiciness and elegance that is quite different in style to many in Pauillac this year - it`s a 98-100 for me, and I`m already looking forward to re-tasting it in bottle. 1% Petit Verdot completes the blend. 60% new oak used. 13% press wine. 3.75pH, 88IPT – higher even than the 80IPT in 2016. Drink 2026 - 2040. 99 points

Julia Harding

71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot; 60% new oak. 35 hl/ha. Black core. Cedary cassis-leaf aroma, typically Pichon Lalande. Like the Réserve de la Comtesse, this is so gentle, charming, rounded, fresh and tender. Easy to underestimate. Extremely fine, intense but no show of power even with a long finish and even knowing that it has real depth. A gentle and surprisingly subtle beauty. 17.5 points

Lisa Perrotti-Brown

The grand vin represents 50% of the crop this year. The 2018 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is made up of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot with a pH of 3.85, an IPT (total polyphenol index) of 87 and 14% alcohol. Very deep purple-black colored, it is like hitting a brick wall to begin, needing considerable coaxing to start to reveal notes of crushed black cherries, warm blackberries, ripe blackcurrants and chocolate cake with nuances of violets, rose hip tea, charcuterie, tapenade and incense with wafts of new leather and iron ore. Full-bodied, concentrated and completely laden with tightly wound black fruit and savory layers, the pa late gives a rock-solid backbone of firm, super ripe, super fine-grained tannins and soft background freshness, finishing very long with a veritable display of mineral fireworks. 97-99 points

Antonio Galloni

The 2018 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is powerful, dense and explosive, with a real sense of vertical lift that conveys energy. Grilled herbs, lavender, inky blue/purplish fruit and spice notes develop in the glass, but it is the wine`s balance, purity of tannin and finish that stand out most. In 2018, so many wines lean towards extreme versions of themselves, but Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande remains very much within its classic parameters. The 2018 doesn`t quite offer the visceral thrill of the very best recent vintages, but it comes very close. At its purest essence, the 2018 is very Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. The en primeur sample is shown from 100% new oak, although the wine will have about 60% new wood. 95-98 points

Chris Kissack

This has a dark and smoky character on the nose, rather reticent and cool on my first tasting with the UGC, but when tasted later in the week at the château it was more expressive, open and charming, with finely poised black cherry, blackcurrant and damson fruits. The palate is fresh, broad and bold, with a rather elegant texture, open and carrying a ripe bed of nicely knit tannins and a fresh, bright acidity. Rich yet elegant, polished, with substantial fruit, showing a beautifully sinewy style and a long, grippy finish, this feels relaxed but this is deceptive, as there is a brooding bed of black fruits here, with a rich bed of tannin wrapped up within it. The style is long, energetic, fresh and cool, with a flourish of rich tannic substance in the finish, the second sample much more convincing than the first. A really imposing style, with very fine potential, dark, quite lovely, but not over-ripe. Delicious. The élevage here is in 60% new and 40% second-fill oak. 96-98 points

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