2015 was an exceptional year for Chateau Pichon Longueville Comptesse Lalande. The 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot blend carries great potential and remarkable complexity. The 2015 Chateau Pichon Longueville Comptesse Lalande presents a deep purple colour with shades of violet and lilac. The complex and ripe nose exudes strong black fruits and dark chocolate notes, followed by subtle hints of dry fruits, cedar, and tobacco. The generous palate offers a lovely intense, ripe acidity, with touches of blueberry and cassis, all the while carrying an incredible range of flavours.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2015 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot that was picked from 10 September with the young Merlot, finishing on 9 October. It includes 12.5% vin de presse (which incidentally was included in the blend). It has a very pure bouquet with expressive Merlot imparting black cherries and wild strawberry aromas that are embroidered with a thread of graphite. I noticed how it errs more towards black fruit with extended aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with edgy tannin on the entry, the Cabernet Sauvignon here in the driving seat despite that level of Merlot trying to get in a look. Together they give a sense of completeness to this Pichon Lalande that has semblances towards the great 1996. Whereas this Pauillac has a tendency to be more approachable than others, in fact, the 2015 has the backbone and substance to suggest that it will require a minimum of ten years' ageing, but patience will be amply rewarded. Nicolas Glumineau has overseen a quite brilliant Pichon Lalande here.
|Grape varieties||Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot|
|Producer||Chateau Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande|
- R. Gabriel : 20
- J. Robinson : 17.5+
- Vineyard : Medoc
- Wine Spectator : 94-97
- Country : France
- Decanter : 92
- Grape varieties : Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot