Chateau Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac 2nd Grand Cru Classe 2018
2018 Chateau Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac, 2eme Grand Cru Classe, 750ml: The 2018 Chateau Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is an outstanding example of Pauillac's excellence. On the nose, it offers notes of black fruit, tobacco, and cedar, with a hint of violets. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and powerful, with firm tannins and a long finish. This wine will continue to evolve for many years to come, and it is a true gem for collectors and enthusiasts alike.
This famous estate at the southern end of Pauillac has produced a powerful wine. Packed blackberry fruits, laced with acidity, are just starting out on a long journey along with the tannins. The wine's elegance is beautifully preserved within the structure. With considerable potential, the wine should not be drunk before 2027. Roger Voss
Robert Parker (Wine Advocate) -
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. - Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown