Pichon Lalande 2017
Type: Red Wine Volume: 750ml
Winery: Pichon Lalande
Country: France Region: Bordeaux
Grapes Varieties: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon,23% Merlot,6% Cabernet Franc,1% Petit Verdot
Classification: 2nd Growth of 1855 Classification Production:
Ratings and Tasting Notes:
(WS=96) A sleek, precisely dialled-in Pauillac, with a pure and racy beam of cassis, blackberry, and dark plum fruit inlaid with a mouthwatering iron note. A backdrop of singed alder and sweet tobacco waits in reserve, while the finish sails through with great cut. Possesses a regal feel. Best from 2025 through 2040.
(WA=96) Composed of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the 2017 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande has a medium to deep garnet-purple color and is a little closed to begin, soon revealing floral notes of lilacs and lavender over a core of black raspberries, warm blackberries, and forest floor plus touches of star anise and stewed black tea. Medium-bodied, the palate is a bundle of energy and tension with softly played tannins and beautiful floral and black fruit layers, finishing with a long-lingering whisper.
(AG=94) The 2017 Pichon-Lalande has closed down a little on the nose since it was bottled in late June. But it is still very well defined, quite Cabernet-influenced with cedar and graphite aromas emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins. It is a very lithe Pichon-Lalande that in some ways harks back to the fleshier vintages of the past. There is something "sedate" and self-effacing about this 2017, and that is meant in a good way. Harmonious, refined, almost effortless, and probably medium rather than long-term drinking.
(JS=94) A tight, compact young Bordeaux with medium body, polished and round tannins, and a medium finish. Not a big wine, but some very classy currant and raspberry character and just a hint of lead pencil and polished structure. Drink after 2022.