2001 Les Gartieux de Pichon Lalande, Pauillac

SKU #1053434

Made by the great team at Pichon Lalande. Very small production here and only 100 cases or so to the USA. Toasty oak and tobacco aromas. Elegant and fruit forward on the palate. Delicious wine after decanting one hour. 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is from the young vines of Pichon Lalande. Great minerality on the nose with nuances of cedar oak. Soft and elegant on the palate, but good stuffing for the cellar. Good old-school Bordeaux-Clyde Beffa loves it.

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/11/2010  | Send Email
We have tried this wine three different times since it arrived, and I have noticed that the longer it’s left it open the more interesting it becomes. At first the nose is closed, but with some air it begins to show oak and spice. The fruit is more raspberry-like, but it sits in the background with tobacco, cedar and spice dominating the palate right now, with a menthol finish. The mouthfeel is rounding out, but the acid is still prevalent, so it showed best with dinner.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

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Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Pauillac

- Pauillac is probably the most famous village in Bordeaux. Located between St. Julien and St. Estephe, it has more of the top ranked chateau than the other four appellations of the Haut Medoc. This area has three of the five premier cru classe wineries: Lafite Rothschild, Latour, and Mouton Rothschild. There are two of the top second-growths (Pichon Lalande and Pichon Baron) as well as several outstanding fourth and fifth-growth chateaux including Lynch Bages. Because of the gravely soils and great drainage, Pauillac has the ideal conditions to grow great Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines from this village are some of the longest-lived in Bordeaux.