CHÂTEAU PICHON LALANDE
2002 2ème Cru Classé Pauillac
|Grapes||Cab Sauv, Merlot, Cab Franc|
|Classification||2ème Cru Classé|
A superb Pichon Lalande, all in finesse, super-fine tannins, fresh and liquid whilst having no lack of volume, and the flavour builds nicely in the mouth. Rich but not remotely solid, it is very fine and elegant. Oak is present and well-integrated, but the fruit is there above all. Fresh, delicious, long and complete. L&S (Mar 2005)
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The mix of fruits on the nose feels ripe giving it sweetness and richness. There is a powerful mix of fruit on the palate all quite sweet with fleshy black plum backed by slightly firmer black cherry. There is a more elegant feel on the finish coming from the underlying freshness. 2012-24 Rating: 92 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (Dec 2013)
Attractive nose of ripe berry, tobacco, cherry and smoke. Seriously classy with beautiful pure cassis fruit enhanced by good oak. A real charmer with lovely elegance, harmony and balance. Drink: 2012-2018 (July 2012 issue) Rating: **** Decanter Magazine (May 2012)
One of the best wines of the vintage, this is a classic Pauillac that is a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Petit Verdot. Dense ruby/purple in color with a glorious nose of melted licorice, lavender, barbecue smoke, black currants, and graphite, the wine is tannic, classically structured with an opaque ruby/purple color, beautiful definition, and a 1996-ish personality. This deep, full-bodied, elegant yet powerful 2002 should age handsomely for over two decades. Some patience will be required since this vintage exhibits more muscle and virility than normal. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025. Rating: 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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