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2010 Ch. Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac

Ch. Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac
Oh, Pichon-Lalande, where have you been for so long? You've not called or even texted. It doesn't matter though because your return is so triumphant. I jest a little of course, but it used to be the highlight of any Bordeaux wine tasting trip, with curves and a round, seductive edge to it - hips if you like! The unusually large dollop of lovely Merlot had something to do with that of course, but for a long time over recent years it's just been a little mean; a tad bony almost.

This year, however, it's a true marvel and has all the components to become a really magical wine to compete alongside, and (I'd imagine) eclipse, some of its former superstars, like the 1996 and 1982. Silky, creamy and lush, it has a killer body and a spectacular finish. We know it's going to be expensive but this year it will be really worth it, as it’s going to be one of the stars of the vintage. Welcome home.
(Simon Staples, BBR Fine Wine Director)Château Pichon-Longueville Lalande


BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
17.5/20 18.5/20 17/20 95+/100 97 92 - 95/100
Ch. Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac
Lovely expression of supple, rich fruit, beautiful middle palate, lacks perhaps the power of some wines in this vintage, but makes up for it in polish and elegance.
(Steven Spurrier – Decanter – Apr 2011)


BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
17.5/20 18.5/20 17/20 95+/100 97 92 - 95/100
Ch. Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac
Tasted open 7 Apr: Very, very deep crimson. Savoury yet rich – a most attractive mix! Just a little raw; is there much Petit Verdot in this? (No, just 3%, and 7% Cabernet Franc.) Very drying tannins. Not sure it’s quite a dense as it needs to be for the tannin content. Inky. The gap between grand vin and second wine seems unexpectedly narrow here this year. Perhaps this was just not a good day for the grand vin? I will taste it blind tomorrow…

Tasted blind 8 Apr: Dark, intense crimson. Very rich and supple. Round and flattering. Mid weight and nicely balanced. Very easy, representative, succulent example of 2010. Lots of integrity. (Score: 17+ 20-35)
(Jancis Robinson MW- jancis robinson.com, Apr 2011)

BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
17.5/20 18.5/20 17/20 95+/100 97 92 - 95/100
Ch. Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac
The 2010 Pichon Lalande is performing extremely well and at the top of the range I predicted several years ago. A final blend dominated much more by Cabernet Sauvignon than usual (66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot), the wine is a tighter, more tannic and structured version of this famed Pauillac, which often tends to have more of a St-Julien-like personality than most Pauillacs. Structured, backward and tannic, yet showing a fat mid-palate that is more savory, broader and more expansive than I remember from barrel, this wine is somewhat reminiscent of the 1986, given the Cabernet Sauvignon domination of the blend. Full-bodied, impressively endowed, and less sexy and velvety than normal, this is a somewhat different style of Pichon Lalande than most readers have been used to. Whether you like it more or less will depend on your point of view, but this wine, unlike most Pichon Lalandes, needs a good 5-7 years of cellaring and should keep for 30+ years.
(95+ Robert Parker- Wine Advocate- Feb 2013)

I tasted the 2010 Pichon Lalande on three separate occasions, two consistent and one that underperformed, hence the question mark. A blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, it reveals an opaque purple color as well as a thick, unctuous style with fresh blackberry and cassis fruit intermixed with hints of graphite, herbs and coffee. The vintage’s tell-tale minerality is present in this structured, tannic, backward effort. It will require 5-6 years of cellaring and should age for 25-30 years.
(92-95+ Robert Parker- Wine Advocate- May 2011)

BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
17.5/20 18.5/20 17/20 95+/100 97 92 - 95/100
Ch. Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac
Very sappy and intense, with mouthwatering acidity framing the cassis, violet and tobacco notes, followed by a supervibrant finish that features lots of cassis bush character. The Petit Verdot isn't as obvious on the nose as the 2000, which had 10 percent in the blend, but just as prevalent on the taut finish, where there's plenty of spice, drive and cut. Tasted non-blind.
(James Molesworth – The Wine Spectator – Top Scoring Bordeaux 2010 – 31 Mar 2011)



BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
17.5/20 18.5/20 17/20 95+/100 97 92 - 95/100
Ch. Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac
Product: 7798
Maturity: Drink 2020-2050 (For laying down)
Vintage: 2010
Origin: France » Bordeaux » Pauillac Map of the region
Grape Variety: Cab.Sauvignon Blend
Style: Full Bodied, Dry, 14% alcohol
Closure Type: Cork
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BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
17.5/20 18.5/20 17/20 95+/100 97 92 - 95/100
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