The nose opens subtly, but it grows with notes of graphite, flowers and dark minerals. The palate does the same, beginning shyly, brooding even, and then it builds. Liquorice, plums and even a hint of chocolate, and the finish is strikingly savoury, going on for minutes and minutes. There's a wonderful balance of elegance and power.
This is a really fascinating young Pichon Lalande with a dense center palate of currants, crushed stones, salt and seashells. Really long and intense. Wonderful energy. Showing character of some of the top years of the 1980s.
The 2017 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is gorgeous, but it is also going to need time to come together. The sensuality and allure typical of so many Pauillacs is not at all evident here. A rush of dark cherry, plum, smoke, charcoal and exotic spice make a strong opening statement in a powerful Pichon Comtesse that is not ready to show all of its cards. The 2017 was incredibly reticent in several tastings, which is probably a very good thing for its long-term potential. Today, though, the 2017 is dense, powerful and closed in on itself, without the layers that define the 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Ready 2019 - 2035
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Ready 2016 - 2030
Ready 2012 - 2030