Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2016: An elegant Pauillac
Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2016 is a 2nd Classified growth in the Pauillac appellation. The vines are, on average, 35 years old. This 89 hectare vineyard is planted on gravel from the Garonne and clay. The wine is matured in barrels (50% are new) for 18 months. Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2016 is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc.
Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2016 is very elegant. It is exceptionally powerful and profound. This wine uses the most appealing and distinct characteristic from each grape. Cabernet Franc brings elegance, Cabernet Sauvignon brings complexity and balance, and Merlot brings fruitiness. Its exceptional potential for aging allows it to be consumed from 2053-2058.
Parker : 98+ / 100
J. Suckling : 98 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is blended of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc aged for 18 months in 60% new oak. Deep purple-black in color, it is a little mute, slowly unfurling to reveal a core of crushed blackcurrants, blueberry compote and black raspberries with nuances of cinnamon stick, violets, star anise, menthol and pencil shavings plus a waft of fallen leaves. Medium-bodied and super intense in the mouth, the palate bursts with black fruits and savory layers, complemented by red fruit sparks and framed by fantastically ripe, fine-grained tannins, finishing very long with a lingering suggestion of minerality.