Pichon Lalande 2018
Type: Red Wine Volume: 750ml
Winery: Chateau Pichon Lalande
Country: France Region: Bordeaux
Grapes Varieties: 5% Cabernet Franc,23% Merlot,71% Cabernet Sauvignon,1% Petit Verdot
Classification: 2nd Growth of 1855 Classification Production:
Alcohol: 14.5% abv Packing: Original Case of 6 bottles
Ratings and Tasting Notes:
WS=98 Offers a deep well of dark currant, blackberry paste, and plum preserves fruit that needs time to unwind fully, as it’s shrouded in the warm earth, tobacco, singed cedar, sweet bay leaf, and savory notes. A ramrod of graphite adds to the strident, structured feel. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2030 through 2050.
WA=97+ The 2018 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is a blend 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. The grand vin represents 50% of the crop this year. Deep garnet-purple colored, it charges out of the gate with bold scents of baked plums, ripe blackcurrants, and wild blueberries, followed by hints of cedar chest, pencil lead, bouquet garni, and charcuterie, plus a waft of lilacs. The medium-bodied palate is beautifully crafted with its seamless freshness and firm, grainy tannins supporting the compelling, finely knit black fruits and savory nuances, finishing on a lingering fragrant-earth note. This will need a good 5 years to come around and should easily cellar for another 30 years or more.
AG=97+ The 2018 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande dazzles from the very first taste. A heady concoction of inky dark fruit, graphite, new leather, licorice, lavender, spice, and grilled herbs soars out of the glass. The 2018 is rich and expansive yet retains a super-classic vertical feel. Plush, silky tannins add to its immeasurable pedigree. I would cellar 2018 for a decade or so if patience permits. It's a stellar wine in the making.
JS=97 Aromas of blackberry dried blueberry, gravel, mocha, and cigar box. Light fresh-herb undertone. It’s full-bodied with firm, ultra-fine tannins and fresh acidity. Focused and minerally with a long finish. Great length. Very tight and restrained at the moment. Wait until at least 2026 to take a look.