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2011 Pichon Lalande

Colour: Red
Vintage: 2011
Appellation: Pauillac
93 (AG)
Pichon Lalande is often judged on its relationship to its namesake and opposite neighbour, Pichon Baron, and understandably so; what this overlooks (and we use the term carefully) is that Pichon Lalande adjoins the venerable terroir of Chateau Latour, arguably the finest piece of vineyard real estate on the Left Bank. From their stunning new glass-and-steel winery one is afforded a vista that is virtually unmatched in Bordeaux – across several hectares of Cabernet and Merlot vines, straight onto the Gironde, via the hallowed house of Latour and its famous squat stone tower. This is no uneasy neighbour; at its best, Lalande stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the First Growths. If Pichon Baron boasts the power and masculinity of Latour, then Pichon Lalande sports its elegance, perfume, clarity of vineyard and sensual texture. Since Nicolas Glumineau took over the reins the estate has delivered a string of exceptional wines with the run from 2015 to 2019 as good as anything the estate has produced.

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Pichon Lalande 2011

93 (AG)
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2011 Pichon Lalande

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Region: Red Bordeaux
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Tasting Notes and Scores

92-94

Bordeaux Index

The first punch delivered in the unofficial scrap between the two Pichons was undoubtedly delivered here by the Comtesse: what a really, truly excellent wine this is. Once again, positively fizzing with energy and excitement, this is a wine we enjoyed a great deal. A good core of sweet ripe fruit, plenty of nice round tannins and a lovely strict backbone of refreshing acidity.

89

Wine Advocate

The dark ruby/plum-colored 2011 Pichon Longueville, Comtesse de Lalande is an elegant, suave, medium-bodied effort with abundant black cherry and red and black currant fruit. Nearly St.-Julien-like in its texture and personality, this is a well-made, finesse-styled Pauillac to drink over the next 10-15 years. 89 points – Robert Parker (Wine Advocate #212, April 2014)

91-93

Neal Martin

The headline is that this vintage of Pichon Lalande has the highest percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon ever: 78% accompanied by 8% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. It is aged in 60% new oak and has an IPT of 75. It has a very strict bouquet, obviously dominated by the Cabernet with notes of blackcurrant, tobacco, graphite, a hint of Christmas cake and that tincture of blood orange evident in the second wine. The palate is medium-bodied with a linear, conservative entry that expands nicely in the mouth. It has fine acidity, good tension, fine weight but it is very tightly wound, more so than usual at this nascent stage. Leaving it aside, there is a hint of Lapsong Souchang and graphite towards the finish that shows a little hardness, but that should soften by the time of bottling. A very Pauillac-like Pichon, perhaps the little brother of the 1996? Tasted twice with consistent notes.– eRobertParker.com, May 2012

92-94

Michael Schuster

[78CS/ 8M /12CF/2PV] Dense and closed to smell; rich and fleshy wine if with the vintage’s firm tannin and fresh acidity too; long and generous on the palate, with a real sweetness of flavour alongside the minerality, a mouthcoating density for the year, complex, vital, aromatic, most persistent and complete. A fine, ample Pichon Comtesse – velvety long term promise? 2024-40 [M.Schuster, Bordeaux Mar/Apr 2012]

91

Wine Spectator

Warm savory and tobacco leaf notes lead the way, with a cedary frame surrounding the lightly mulled plum and cherry fruit. Cassis bush and tobacco accents are embedded on the finish. Very solid, but lacks extra drive. Best from 2015 through 2027. 20,833 cases made. – James Molesworth (WineSpectator.com, March 2014)

93

James Suckling

A 2011 with blackberry, dark-chocolate and smoked-meat character. Full body, silky tannins and a long, intense finish. All about balance and polish. Very fine. Needs three to four years to soften. Try in 2017. – jamessuckling.com, Feb 2014

15.5/2

Jancis Robinson

Coffee and dark-chocolate nose. Very toasty. Overoaked on the palate, malty, chocolate flavours dominating the fruit. Firm, compact texture but the oak overwhelms everything else at the moment. Drink: 2017-2024 – Julia Harding (jancisrobinson.com, Jan 2015)

93

Antonio Galloni

My impression is that the 2011 Pichon Lalande will have its day, one day. For now, big, burly tannins give the 2011 a decidedly monolithic feel. To be sure, there is plenty of fruit density and power lurking in the glass, but the 2011 needs more time in bottle before it starts showing at its best. Two thousand-eleven was marked by an unusual weather pattern in which spring was quite warm and dry, but then summer was cool.

819

Wine Lister

Quality 682 | Brand 992 | Economics 825 |
Quality: Above the average quality score of its peer group for the 2011 vintage, 649 Brand: Strong restaurant presence, featuring on 36 of the world's top wine lists, including Amber - Mandarin Oriental Economics: Below its peer group average price of £72 for the 2011 vintage Production: Lower production than its peer group average of 151,058 bottles

- www.wine-lister.com June 2017

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