2018 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse De Lalande
The Grand Vin represents 50% of the harvest this year. The Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2018 consists of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot with 14% alcohol. The wine is very deep purple-black in color. The wine shows notes of crushed black cherries, warm blackberries, ripe blackcurrants and chocolate cake with nuances of violets, roses, incense with hints of new leather and iron ore. Full, concentrated and fully loaded with tightly wound black fruit and savory layers, the palate gives a rock-solid backbone of firm, super-ripe, super-fine-grained tannins and soft background freshness, with a very long finish with a true display of mineral fireworks. We love to make a Grand Vin every year based on music. This year it was Bedrich Smetana: Má Vlast, JB1:112: II. Vltava (The Vltava).
“I just don't know where it comes from,” Pichon Lalande technical director Nicolas Glumineau told me. “So much rain. Six months of almost daily rain! So there came a point where you had to ask: what kind of wine can we make in 2018? From mid-July things changed abruptly. It was warm and dry; such a contrast was very unusual. So, what kind of wine were we going to make? We wanted everything to ripen perfectly. Every day we saw the shape of the berries changing in the run-up to harvest, shrinking, and we wanted to create something pure and fresh. We harvested in four weeks. I think 2018 is between 2009 and 2010. It reminds me of 1989. People ask me what kind of wine do you want to make at Pichon? This is it."
FACT : The wine is stored in our conditioned Wine Warehouse and if you pick up the wine you will often receive a nice discount. You will immediately see the possible discount if you choose Pickup in the Checkout page. We are almost next to the Rijksweg with plenty of parking. Click here for address.
|Type of Wine
|Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
|Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot
|Drinking as of
|James Suckling rating
|Complex, Dark fruit, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Mineral, Tannines
|Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard