100/100: 2019 Pichon Lalande, "an incredible, future legendary Bordeaux!" (JL)
“the best Pichon-Comtesse de Lalande ever, and yes, I include the feted 1982 in that statement”
– Neal Martin
With scores of up to 100 points from the critics, Chateau Pichon Lalande is one of the star performers of the excellent 2019 Bordeaux vintage. A historic estate now on a terrific run of form and recapturing past glories, Pichon crafted a sublime wine in 2019 that deserves a place in any Bordeaux cellar. We are, therefore, delighted to have cases available at a very sharp price.
The 2019 vintage was superb for Bordeaux, with Pichon’s home commune of Pauillac a real highlight. For Neal Martin, “There is no question that Pauillac is bejewelled with wines that will be spoken about in hushed tones for many years”. He singles Pichon Lalande out for special praise, calling it “the best Pichon-Comtesse de Lalande ever, and yes, I include the feted 1982 in that statement after his last tasting earlier this year.
He is not alone in loving 2019 Pichon. Jeff Leve gave it a perfect 100 points and called it “an incredible, future legendary Bordeaux!”Jeb Dunnuck gave it 99 points and found it “has remarkable purity of fruit, ultra-fine tannins, perfect balance, and a finish that just begs you to pour another glass”.
A wine that you cannot own too much of, especially at this price. Details are below:
2019 Chateau Pichon Lalande
(6*75cl OWC) @ £970 per case in bond
100 points Jeff Leve
Absolutely compelling from the initial swirl, sniff and sip. It takes no time to recognize this as being an incredible, future legendary Bordeaux! The perfume is mesmerizing with its display of flowers, spices, tobacco leaf, cassis, plum and blackberries. But it is the texture, with its layers of silky, perfectly, ripe, sweet fruits that steals the show. Rich, full-bodied and concentrated, the decadent finish, with all its multiple layers sticks with you for at least sixty seconds! Drink from 2029-2055
99 points Jeb Dunnuck
Pure class, the 2019 Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse De Lalande is another brilliant wine from director Nicolas Glumineau that checks in at the top of the vintage. A blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, and 6% Cabernet Franc that was harvested from mid-September through October 8th. Brought up in roughly 60% new French oak, it hit 14.1% natural alcohol with a pH of 3.7. More elegant and poised from bottle than barrel, it offers a brilliant perfume of crème de cassis, lead pencil shavings, tobacco leaf, damp earth, and graphite. Deep, full-bodied, and pure perfection on the palate, it has this incredible marriage of Latour-like stature and regalness buffered by wonderful, sexy, seamless fruit, which no doubt comes from the higher Merlot content and makes Comtesse de Lalande so singular and unique. It builds slowly with time in the glass and has remarkable purity of fruit, ultra-fine tannins, perfect balance, and a finish that just begs you to pour another glass. It has a seductive, seamless profile that offers pleasure even today (although it needs lots of air to show at its best) yet needs 7-8 years of bottle age to hit the early stages of its prime drink window and will evolve for another 40-50 years if stored properly
. (2022) www.jebdunnuck.com
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98 points Neal Martin
The 2019 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande demands more coaxing from the glass, but it rewards patience with compelling graphite-infused black fruit, unapologetically classic in style, the terroir flooding through. The palate is medium-bodied with wonderful sapidity, gorgeous balance and a pure yet powerful finish that makes you wish you could build a time machine and taste it in 20 years. Sublime. Tasted blind at the Southwold annual tasting
. (2023) www.vinous.com