2019 Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Cru Classé Pauillac

2019 Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Cru Classé Pauillac

The 2019 Pichon Comtesse is an astonishing wine. Nicolas Glumineau thinks it may be the finest wine he’s crafted: quite the claim from a 100-point winemaker. Incredible aromatics soar from the glass, but it’s the texture that really shines here. This is silky, voluminous, and just so long. Brilliant.

Critic score
98.5/100 info
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£131.75
Bottle
From a client
5 available
£136.75

Wine details

  • Region & country
    Pauillac, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Maturity
    Young 2027 - 2049info
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    14%

Tasting notes

The 2019 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande was picked 16 September to 8 October. It has a showstopping nose: intense black fruit laced with graphite and mint. (Whisper it...it reminds me of their First Growth next door neighbor.) The palate is underpinned by very refined tannins that cradle what may well be the purest fruit you will find in this vintage. Unbelievably precise all the way through to the finish, I admit staring at my glass trying to find fault with it. Unless winemaker Nicolas Glumineau gets distracted by the new Cure album and makes a catastrophic error during the rest of its élevage, which he is not prone to doing, you are not looking at a modern-day 1982 or 2016, but something even better and more profound. Tasted from three bottles with consistent notes.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (June 2020)
(98—100)/100

A blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc (with no Petit Verdot this year), the 2019 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande came in at an alcohol of 14.15% and a pH of 3.7. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, it sails out of the glass with a stunning array of Black Forest cake, warm cassis and wild blueberries scents with underlying hints of Morello cherries, redcurrant jelly, pencil shavings, menthol and aniseed with a touch of charcoal. The medium-bodied palate packs a lot of fruit into an elegant package, featuring very finely grained, silt-like tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long with loads of lingering mineral and exotic spice accents.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (June 2020)
(97—99)/100

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