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Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac
Good red-ruby color. Raspberry, redcurrant, tobacco leaf and flowers on the nose. Red-fruity and refined in the mouth, showing none of the smoke, animal or chocolate qualities I associate with this chateau. Distinctly delicate and fine, with moderate density and suave, building tannins. Incidentally, the IPT here is 68, compared to 73 in 2004. A wine of finesse: only time, and elevage, will tell if there's enough strength behind it. If there is, this 2005 will merit a score at the high end of my projected range.
A classic claret from a classy producer. This Pauillac property consistently ranks high with our panels. Surrounded on three sides by the first-growth Ch. Latour, these wines often rival its pricier neighbor. Deep purple in color, and a nose perfumed with cedar, vanilla, plum and beef. Well integrated flavors of green pepper and lush black fruit help make this chewy wine appetizing. The finish is framed by solid tannins, with long notes of coffee and tobacco echoing in the finish. Certain to grow in the cellar, yet, like all the best clarets, it is remarkably seductive when young. Save it for a special meal in 5-10 years.
Plenty of tobacco, berry and cedar aromas and flavors. Medium- to full-bodied, with sweet fruit and refined tannins. Long and ripe fruit on the finish... Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2001 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 750ml
The aristocratic structure is there, even if this wine shows youthfully green - both in the stemminess of the young merlot fruit, and the green edge of the tannin. This is tight and lean in structure, with red fruit that shows plenty of staying power. It's the red fruit that lasts now, and will last as it ages. Staunchly Bordelais, this shows great length and harmony.
Tasted blind in a peer-group tasting, the Pichon-Lalande showed a ripe plumy nose with blackberry and raspberry, not quite as defined as the sample poured at the château. With time on glass there are scents of cedar wood, a touch of Xmas cake and cassis, all the time gaining vivacity in the glass. The palate is very ripe, beautifully defined with excellent balance. Finesse here, a well-bred Pauillac with a bright, cedar-infused finish that will hopefully just put on a little more weight. Excellent. Drink 2010-2035.
A bit less approachable at this stage than this wine usually is. Firm and focused, with a pleasant minty edge to the solid currant and cedar aromas and flavors, hinting a tobacco and toast on the long finish. Thick in texture without being heavy. Should be at its best after 1995 to '97. Tasted three times.
In recent years, Pichon Comtesse has developed an elegance all its own, with great style, smoothing out the real intensity of the wine. This 2005 continues in that tradition, a spice, fruity wine, which has restraint as well as hidden power.
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