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2020 Chateau Pichon-Longueville, Comtesse de Lalande

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SKU: SK3552034-750
The 2020 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is very demonstrative out of the gates, bursting from the glass without any coaxing to exhibit aromas of sweet cassis and blueberries mingled with notions of clove, violets and lilac. Medium to full-bodied, velvety and polished, with a seamless, charming profile that exhibits no hard edges, it concludes with a nicely defined, spice-inflected finish. It's a superb exercise in haut couture winemaking, even if, to my palate, the 2019 offers a deeper dive into the estate's D.N.A. ~ (95) William Kelley, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 4-6-2023

~ (98) Antonio Galloni , Vinous 12-1-2022

~ (97) Neal Martin, Vinous 12-1-2022

Aromas of blueberries and blackcurrants with some stone and sandalwood undertones. Medium-bodied with a solid core of fruit and a fresh and delicious finish. Classy tannins that are fine and textured. Such sophistication. Drink after 2027 and onwards. ~ (98) James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com 12-22-2022

Very dark colour. There's the slight leafiness I often find on this wine but it is subtle in 2020. Black fruit and crushed stones. Dry tannins are nevertheless rounded in texture and clothed in the black fruit. Firm, dry. Stay away for a long time even though the tannins are fine-grained. Intense yet elegant. ~ (17) Julia Harding, JancisRobinson.com 11-9-2022

The Grand Vin 2020 Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse De Lalande checks in as 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and 6% Cabernet Franc that was raised in 60% new French oak. It has classic Pauillac character in its red, blue, and black fruits as well as graphite, cedar pencil, violet, and flower nuances. Seemingly from a cooler vintage with its purity, vibrancy, and focus, it nevertheless is concentrated and has ripe, gorgeous tannins, a great mid-palate, and a finish that keeps you coming back to the glass. A deep, concentrated, flawlessly balanced 2020 that's built for the long haul, it needs a solid decade of cellaring and will be a 50+-year wine. Of the recent trilogy of 2018, 2019, and 2020, director Nicolas Glumineau has been consistent in preferring the 2020, although I think at this point the nudge goes to the 2019. Regardless, these are all truly singular, magical wines that every reader will be thrilled to have in the cellar. It's a good time to be a Bordeaux lover! ~ (98) Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com 3-29-2023
SKU: SK3552034-750
COUNTRY : France
REGION : Bordeaux
PRODUCER : Chateau Pichon-Longueville, Lalande
FORMAT : 750ml

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