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2016 Château Pichon-Longueville, Lalande

Pauillac, 2me cru classé
(OWC)

This is a Bordeaux future; earliest anticipated arrival is Fall 2019. help
 
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PRICE:
$996.50 per 12 Half Bottles (375ml) (owc)

SIZE:
375ml

AVAILABLE:
4 groups

 

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TASTING NOTES

"The 2016 Pichon Lalande is one of the must-have wines of the year. I felt that way every time I saw it during the spring en primeur tastings. A few more months in bottle has only made that potential even more obvious. At once powerful and yet also delicate, the 2016 is a regal, aristocratic wine endowed with class and pedigree to burn. The crème de cassis, violet, graphite and menthol flavors are finely sketched, sure, but what stands out most is the wine’s extraordinary balance. While the 2015 is a soloist, the 2016 is an orchestra." Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com
(AG, 10/01/2017)

Rating: 97-100


"The 2016 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc (compare that to the 2010 that had 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, for example--that should give you some pointers). The alcohol level is 13.32% and a pH of 3.76. I tasted from a new oak barrel and the final blend will include around 60% new wood and 40% one year old, which is something I took into account. It has a very succinct bouquet, one that is almost understated at first, gradually unfolding with blackberry, cedar and graphite scents, in the vein of say the 1986 or 1996 Pichon Lalande of the past. The palate is very well balanced and what I appreciate here is that it is still as much identifiable as Pichon Lalande as it is a Pauillac and a 2016. There is that touch of roundness imparted by the Merlot, even though the Cabernet dominates the blend, surely the terroir sculpting the wine. It gently builds in intensity, maintaining freshness, a gentle but insistent grip towards the finish and a very long aftertaste. This is probably just a notch up on the outstanding 2015 Pichon-Lalande, a Rolls Royce with a purring engine." Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #230
(WA, 04/28/2017)

Rating: 96-98
Drink from: 2025-2060


"Linear and racy with ultra-fine tannins and a gorgeous center palate. Full-bodied, tight and so polished. The classicism and beauty are exceptional. Love the texture. Better than 2015?" JamesSuckling.com
(JS, 04/04/2017)

Rating: 96-97


"Light savory and tobacco notes peek out from the core, but a ball of cassis and blackberry fruit is still coiled up with the strong iron spine. This is to be expected. Very pure, with a long finish. Risk-free cellaring." Wine Spectator
(WS, 04/06/2017)

Rating: 95-98


"The most complete expression of the property since it was bought by Roederer, and a noble and complex expression of the Pauillac terroir (very fine notes of cedar and Havana), in a full and forthright body. It will probably deserve a better rating after bottling. Here, too, the highest proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon in a long time— which doesn’t stop it from being quite different from the neighboring Baron!" Michel Bettane/Thierry Desseauve, The World of Fine Wine, Issue 56
(WFW, 04/01/2017)

Rating: 94-98


"Blackish crimson. Sweet start and much less obvious density than some, very Merlot and just a little soft. Super-supple certainly…But where's the beef?" JancisRobinson.com
(JR, 04/18/2017)

Rating: 17-
Drink from: 2024-2040


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