Pichon Lalande 2011


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Tasting Notes

The dark ruby/plum-colored 2011 Pichon Longueville, Comtesse de Lalande is an elegant, suave, medium-bodied effort with abundant black cherry and red and black currant fruit. Nearly St.-Julien-like in its texture and personality, this is a well-made, finesse-styled Pauillac to drink over the next 10-15 years.

Score: 89Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (212), April 2014

Only 40% of the crop made it into the grand vin, which achieved 12.95% natural alcohol. The final blend for the 2011 Pichon Lalande was 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 8% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. Under the administration of the new owners, the Merlot component has been dramatically reduced in favor of more Cabernet Sauvignon in the final blend. A strong effort, the 2011 boasts a dense ruby/purple color and abundant aromas of black currants intermixed with unsmoked cigar tobacco, serious body, more concentration than most of the classified growths, and a bigger, more structured style that may suggest a subtle change in the winemaking philosophy at this estate. This impressive wine is one of the vintage's most interesting efforts. It should drink well for 15-20 years.

Score: 92/94Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (200), April 2012

The headline is that this vintage of Pichon Lalande has the highest percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon ever: 78% accompanied by 8% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. It is aged in 60% new oak and has an IPT of 75. It has a very strict bouquet, obviously dominated by the Cabernet with notes of blackcurrant, tobacco, graphite, a hint of Christmas cake and that tincture of blood orange evident in the second wine. The palate is medium-bodied with a linear, conservative entry that expands nicely in the mouth. It has fine acidity, good tension, fine weight but it is very tightly wound, more so than usual at this nascent stage. Leaving it aside, there is a hint of Lapsong Souchang and graphite towards the finish that shows a little hardness, but that should soften by the time of bottling. A very Pauillac-like Pichon, perhaps the little brother of the 1996? Tasted twice with consistent notes. Tasted April 2012.

Score: 91/93Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2012

A 2011 with blackberry, dark-chocolate and smoked-meat character. Full body, silky tannins and a long, intense finish. All about balance and polish. Very fine. Needs three to four years to soften. Try in 2017.

Score: 93James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2014

This is really fantastic for the vintage with a wonderful balance and finesse, yet a firm impressive tannin structure. It's very long and pretty. This has less Petit Verdot in the blend than in past vintages. 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.

Score: 93/94James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2012

My impression is that the 2011 Pichon Lalande will have its day, one day. For now, big, burly tannins give the 2011 a decidedly monolithic feel. To be sure, there is plenty of fruit density and power lurking in the glass, but the 2011 needs more time in bottle before it starts showing at its best. Two thousand-eleven was marked by an unusual weather pattern in which spring was quite warm and dry, but then summer was cool. 2022 - 2046

Score: 93Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, October 2017

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 and managed by Sylvie Cazes (sister of Jean-Michel). Always a wine of great class and sophistication with red rather than black fruit, exotic Asian spices and a creamy texture. This is the first vintage under the control of the new wine-maker. The lowest percentage of Merlot in the blend ever. This is made from 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 8% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. Despite the low percentage of Merlot this wine still has the typically feminine charms of Pichon Lalande. It is Pauillac but very silky and smooth with red fruit, cream, spice and lovely ripe tannins. A very good Pichon Lalande.

Score: 16.5Farr Vintners, March 2012

There is a lovely mix of fruits on the nose first rich ripe cassis and then firmer more structured black cherry. The fruit on the mid palate is concentrated serious deep profound but behind is freshness bilberries and red fruits that lighten the back palate and bring out the fragrances on the finish.

Score: 92/95Derek Smedley MW, April 2012

The upward curve at this Louis Roederer-owned château is encouraging. A substantial increase in the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon has given Pichon extra ballast in 2011, resulting in one of its best wines in recent years: fleshy and sweet-cored with dense black fruits and real presence on the palate. Structured yet elegant, this will age well over the next decade or so. 10+ years.

Score: 96Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2012

Very fine expression of Cabernet cassis, lovely refreshingly lifted fruit, great elegance and charm and hidden power to last. Drink 2016-2035.

Score: 17.5Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 2012

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