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Pichon Lalande 2009

RegionBordeaux
SubregionPauillac
ColourRed
TypeStill


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Tasting Notes

A beautiful effort, the 2009 Pichon Lalande, a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, possesses copious mocha, lead pencil, unsmoked, high class tobacco, black currant, forest floor and herbaceous characteristics. It is a deep purple-hued, charming, surprisingly open-knit Pauillac with wonderful freshness, a plump, fleshy mouthfeel, opulence and unctuosity, medium to full body and a well-delineated, luscious style. More elegant than its nearby neighbor, Pichon Longueville Baron, and not as massive in concentration and extract, it is one of the great Pichon Lalandes of the last twenty years.

Score: 95Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (199), March 2012

The blend for the 2009 Pichon Lalande is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, somewhat unusual at this estate which usually has more Merlot in the blend. As stated previously, the Cabernet Sauvignon reached levels of ripeness and intensity of flavor in 2009 never seen before in Bordeaux! The final blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot and a pH of 3.8 combines the best of a vintage such as 1996, in terms of structure, freshness, and precision, with the best of 1982, in terms of opulence, power, unctuosity, and thickness. The opaque purple-colored 2009 exhibits an intoxicatingly intense nose of red and black fruits, subtle smoke, charcoal, forest floor, and a hint of flowers. Unusually full-bodied for a wine from this estate as well as unctuously textured, voluptuous, and incredibly pure and precise, this dazzling wine should be drinkable at an early age, and evolve for 30+ years. (Tasted once.) Drink 2010-2040.

Like most Medoc chateaux, Pichon Lalande began their harvest on September 22, and finished on October 7.

Score: 96/98Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010

Tasted at the château, the Pichon-Lalande 2009 has a taciturn nose that demands coaxing from the glass. The Cabernet Sauvignon that begins to open offering blackberry, graphite, freshly rolled tobacco and a touch of bay leaf. The palate is defined by its super-fine tannins and wonderful tension, a tangible symmetry that is reminiscent of the 1996. There is citric thread of acidity that lends the 2009 so much vivacity. It is extremely pure with blackberry, cedar and just a touch of pepper, firm grip on the finish and great persistency. This is a Pauillac to be reckoned with. Tasted November 2011.

Score: 95Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, December 2011

Tasted at the château and at the UGC. A limpid deep purple colour. This has a very fragrant nose, not quite as well defined as Pichon Baron, but very elegant and graceful with blackberry, raspberry leaf, pencil lead, graphite and wild hedgerow. Very pure and feminine. Second bottle at the UGC is actually better...much more precision here, the high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon (75%) really showing through. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, very compact, not as expansive as other wines, much more conservative than I was expecting, but very graceful with an unerring sense of symmetry. I cannot help feeling that the wine would benefit from a greater percentage of Merlot, especially on the finish, but over time is does expand in the glass, becoming more and more supple, with a sense of Cabernet invoked authority on the finish. This should coalesce beautifully by time of bottling. Tasted March 2010.

Score: 93/96Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2010

What a great nose of blackberries, currants and spices. Hints of fresh herbs. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and lovely fruit. Such finesse and beauty. Wonderful to taste. Reminds me of the legendary 1982. Try in 2018.

Score: 96James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2012

What a nose of dried spices, even chilies, with currants and blackberries. Full bodied, with ultra-fine tannins and a compacted fruit structure. Pretty length. Very fine indeed. Classic nose with the Petit Verdot spice. Try after 2019.

Score: 94+James Suckling, Robert Parker's Hong Kong Tasting, 8th Nov 2011, November 2011

Wow. This has an incredible complexity on the nose of currant, spice, mineral and flowers. Full-bodied, with a great density of fruit and tannins, yet polished and beautiful. This could be the new 1982 from here. Made from 75 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 20 percent Merlot and 5 percent Petit Verdot.

Score: 95/98James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2010

The 2009 Pichon Lalande is ripe and decidedly flamboyant from the very first taste. Dense and voluptuous in the glass, with serious richness, the 2009 is also almost shockingly tannic. It won’t be ready to drink anytime soon, and yet, there is so much to look forward to. The warm, dry conditions yielded a dense, exotic Pichon Lalande, but there is serious structure beneath all of the fruit. 2029 - 2059

Score: 97Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, October 2017

Dark crimson and a little more complex-looking than the Réserve de la Comtesse. Heady and rich and spicy and lightly gamey. Very solid and dark and dense - almost brooding. Sweet, polished and fun. Just lacks a bit of bottom and density on the palate. Very flirtatious. Complete and savoury on the finish with very polished tannins. Appetising and not at all forced. But not the most ambitious 2009.Date tasted 31st March 2010. Drink 2017-2030

Score: 17Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2010

One of THE great names of the Médoc and a true "super-second". Pichon Lalande is one of the most demanded wines of Bordeaux. It is especially popular in the Far East thanks to its slightly exotic, spicy character and plump ripe fruit and polished texture. The Chateau is now owned by Champagne house Louis Roederer. In 2009 only 37% of production will go into the grand vin with 50% being used for La Reserve de la Comtesse and the rest for a third wine. Yield of 39 hl/ha. This is a lovely wine with great poise and balance. Quite supple and subtle, quietly classy and certainly not attempting to be a blockbuster. Round and fleshy with an exotic edge. Great purity and finesse. Classic Pichon Lalande to charm and seduce.

Score: 17.5Farr Vintners, April 2010

Black fruits abound giving richness to the nose and depth of flavour on the palate. It is a serious wine with layers of flavour giving complexity, black fruits cassis and sloe giving richness, red fruits, cherry and mulberry giving freshness. There is layer upon layer of flavour, power yet sleek elegance. Drink 2020-2050.

Score: 92/96Derek Smedley MW, April 2010

I might be missing something here - Pichon Comtesse rarely shows really well when young - but this seemed a little below par for a second growth. Medium colour, coffee bean and vanilla oak, with fresh acidity and sweet red and black fruits. Lacks profundity? 10+ years

Score: 92Tim Atkin MW, April 2010

Black red, wonderfully fragrant nose, rich and spicy and beautifully expressively textured fruit, plenty of extraction but pure harmony, vibrant and polished, seductive length and great future. Drink 2016-35.

Score: 18.5Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 2010

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