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Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac 1996

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If the 1855 Bordeaux classification were rewritten tomorrow many would back Pichon-Lalande to be elevated to First Growth status. Under the aegis of the mercurial May-Eliane de Lencquesaing, its 1996 is their best offering probably since 1982. The blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot contributes to its extra silkiness and perfume, and even though the structure and tannins are more defined than usual, it remains the most exotic and voluptuously scented wines of the Médoc. Unlike many of the top 1996s this is drinking now, but will be delicious for another 15 to 20 years.

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External Reviews for Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/15/2009

Black color, with intense Cabernet aromas of blackberries and currants and hints of mint. Full-bodied and very firm, with silky tannins and a long, flavorful and caressing finish. A racy and well-structured Pichon-Lalande... Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1996 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1500ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/13/2011

The 1996 Pichon-Lalande is just as awesome from bottle as it was from multiple cask tastings. For Pichon-Lalande, the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon is atypically high. This wine normally contains 35-50% Merlot in the blend, but the 1996 is a blend... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1996 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 750ml


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Source: Epic Cellars
05/14/2011

The 1996 Pichon-Lalande is just as awesome from bottle as it was from multiple cask tastings. For Pichon-Lalande, the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon is atypically high. This wine normally contains 35-50% Merlot in the blend, but the 1996 is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot. Only 50% of the estate's production made it into the grand vin. The color is a saturated ruby/purple. The nose suggests sweet, nearly overripe Cabernet Sauvignon, with its blueberry/blackberry/cassis scents intermixed with high quality, subtle, toasty new oak. Deep and full-bodied, with fabulous concentration and a sweet, opulent texture, this wine was singing in full harmony when I tasted it in January. Given the wine's abnormally high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon, I would suspect it will close down. It possesses plenty of tannin, but the wine's overwhelming fruit richness dominates its personality. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2025.



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If the 1855 Bordeaux classification were rewritten tomorrow many would back Pichon-Lalande to be elevated to First Growth status. Under the aegis of the mercurial May-Eliane de Lencquesaing, its 1996 is their best offering probably since 1982. The blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot contributes to its extra silkiness and perfume, and even though the structure and tannins are more defined than usual, it remains the most exotic and voluptuously scented wines of the Médoc. Unlike many of the top 1996s this is drinking now, but will be delicious for another 15 to 20 years.

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