CHÂTEAU PICHON LALANDE
1986 2ème Cru Classé Pauillac
|Grapes||Cab Sauv, Merlot, Cab Franc|
|Classification||2ème Cru Classé|
The 1986 Pichon-Lalande is the forerunner of the 1996 - a Cabernet driven Pichon-Lalande that is in for the long haul. It has a lifted bouquet with open blackberry, clove, sous-bois and pencil lead aromas that unfurl beautifully in the glass. It is very typical of the vintage: quite masculine and almost aloof. The palate is very well balanced with the tannins finally beginning to soften. There is tremendous weight in the mouth with hints of black truffle and sage infusing the black fruits, whilst the finish has the best tension and freshness of the decade - even when compared directly against the 1982. Bon vin! But you need to keep waiting. Rating: 95 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Mar 2014)
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Just now emerging from a very clumsy dormant period, Pichon-Lalande’s dense ruby/purple-colored 1986 still has the color of a 4 or 5 year old wine. This is the most tannic and backward Pichon-Lalande after 1975 and before 1996. The wine was completely closed down until just recently. The wine shows notes of cedar, black currants, earth, spice box, and licorice, followed by a medium to full-bodied, very concentrated, intense palate with a still noticeable tannic structure, a relatively big, muscular style for Pichon-Lalande. Anticipated maturity: Now-2015. Last tasted, 5/02. Rating: 94-94 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(Mar 2005)
Château Pichon Lalande
Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is a second Growth in the Pauillac appellation. The estate, which is commonly referred to as just Chateau Pichon-Lalande, used to be a part of the larger Pichon estate, owned by Pierre de Rauzan. The larger Pichon estate gained its name when Pierre's daughter Thérèse married Jacques de Pichon Longueville in the 17th Century. Pichon-Lalande was later separated from Pichon Baron in 1850 due to inheritance, with the name Lalande being gained again through another marriage. The estate was passed down through the generations until the Great War when it was auctioned to Edouard and Louis Miailhe in 1925. Edouard's daughter May Eliane de Lencquesaing became the owner in 1978 and thanks to her passion for wine and strict management; she has seen Pichon Lalande's reputation grow immeasurably around the world. In 2007 she passed it on to the Louis Roederer Champagne house, with the Rouzaud family looking to preserve the traditions. The vineyard covers 75 hectares and lies on deep gravel beds over layers of clay, limestone and sand. The vines consist of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon vines; giving the wine structure, 35% Merlot; providing a certain roundness, 12% Cabernet Franc balancing the wine and 8% Petit Verdot to provide freshness. Together these characteristics provide a softer somewhat more feminine wine, particularly more so than its brother estate Pichon Baron.
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