Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2016

Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2016

Ships in 2-3 business days.

#97 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2019

Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc

The story of Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande begins in the late 1600's.  Pierre de Rauzan, who was the estate manager of Chateau Latour and also a wine merchant, began buying property in the Medoc region.  Upon the marriage of his daughter to a member of the Baron de Pichon-Longueville family, She received land that soon became known as Chateau Pichon Longueville.  It remained as one estate until the 1850s when the estate was divided.  The male heirs received the Portion that will be known as Chateau Pichon Baron while the female heirs received the part known as Chateau Pichone Longueville Comtesse de Lalande or Chateau Pichon Lalande for short.  In the 1920s, the estate was sold at auction to the Miailhe brothers.  The family continued as owners of the property until 2007 when the property was sold to Champagne Louis Roederer.

Historically the wine contained a large percentage of Merlot in the blend making it one of the more approachable wines from Pauillac.

Wine Spectator: 97
Saturated with dark currant, fig and blackberry compote flavors, this has a fleshy, nearly glycerin feel at first before stretching out to reveal singed cedar, tobacco leaf, dark earth and cassis bush flavors. A terrific tug of cast iron emerges at the very end. Deliciously juicy dark fruit keeps rolling throughout. Best from 2025 through 2040.
Wine Advocate: 98
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.
Decanter: 98
They practice biodynamic methods across 6ha of the total 76ha in production here.Cabernet dominant, it's very Pauillac in style and totally lives up to its en primeur promise. The tannins deepen and tighten and here we are, smack-bang in the northern Médoc. This is youthful, rich, powerful and intense; very good quality. It gets better and better as you return to it, and I'm really impressed with the texture and depth of the silky-smooth palate: pure cassis notes alongside hawthorn, hedgerow and liquorice. Matured in 60% new oak.
Wine Enthusiast: 95
This wine is full of freshness and life as well as serious tannins and structure. The two sides complement each other to give a wine that has power as well as delicious black fruits and acidity. With the tannins it will age well. Drink this balanced wine from 2025. Cellar Selection.
Vinous: 100
The 2016 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is every bit as regal as it has always been. Towering and spectacularly rich in the glass, the 2016 captures every ounce of potential is showed from barrel. The 2016 is a vivid, dramatically sweeping wine that will leave readers week at the knees. Beams of tannin give the 2016 soaring intensity that is matched by a host of aromas and flavors that open up in the glass. Blackberry jam, graphite, spice, menthol, licorice, pencil shavings and spice are all finely sketched in a bold, savory Pauillac that hits all the right notes. The 2016 Pichon Comtesse has been riveting on each of the four occasions I have tasted it from barrel thus far, making it easily one of the wines of the vintage. Nicolas Glumineu and his team turned out an epic Pichon Comtesse in 2016. Don't miss it!
James Suckling: 98
Glorious aromas of blackcurrants, blackberries and flowers, from violets to roses. Iron and rust undertones. Full-bodied, dense and very layered with loads of richness. It goes on for minutes. Reminds me of the 1986. Best in decades? Take a first look at it in 2025.