Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2018 is a wine that embodies the essence of its exceptional vintage. It displays a captivating dark garnet color, radiating richness and allure. The nose is precise and delicate, offering notes of fresh fruit, black berries, and subtle hints of spices. Upon tasting, the wine presents a mellow and generous attack, characterized by a rounded and juicy texture. The palate unfolds with power, showcasing well-integrated and refined tannins that contribute to a structured and balanced body. The flavor profile is carried gracefully by the wine's impressive structure, preserving a satisfying mid-palate. The finish is delightful, full, and harmonious, leaving a lasting impression. Château Pichon Lalande 2018 showcases perfect integration of richness and style, built to age gracefully for decades while retaining its elegance and distinctive character.
Robert Parker - 97+ Points
"The 2018 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot with a pH of 3.85, an IPT (total polyphenol index) of 87 and 14% alcohol. The grand vin represents 50% of the crop this year. Deep garnet-purple colored, it charges out of the gate with bold scents of baked plums, ripe blackcurrants and wild blueberries, followed by hints of cedar chest, pencil lead, bouquet garni and charcuterie, plus a waft of lilacs. The medium-bodied palate is beautifully crafted with its seamless freshness and firm, grainy tannins supporting the compelling, finely knit black fruits and savory nuances, finishing on a lingering fragrant-earth note. This will need a good 5 years to come around and should easily cellar for another 30 years or more."
Antonio Galloni - 97 Points
"The 2018 Pichon-Lalande was given an hour’s decant and then observed over the next 24 hours. It has clearly retained the showstopping nose that I encountered from barrel, those same “gentle waves" of black cherries and blueberry, incense and violets lending it a Margaux-like allure. The palate is vibrant and full of tension from the start, the acidity slicing through the layers of quite plush black fruit, judiciously laced with tobacco and mint. There is a beguiling sense of harmony conveyed by this Pichon-Lalande and although there is clearly plenty of structure, the tannins are so pixelated and pliant that it might well be broachable in 4–5 years’ time. Personally, however, I would prefer to cellar it for 8–10 years (by which time I hope that the new Cure album is finally released). However long you decide to keep it tucked away, this is a quite brilliant Pauillac."