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2015 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac

SKU #1382351 98 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2015 Pichon Comtesse is a towering wine, as it has always been. Rich, sumptuous and totally hedonistic, the 2015 melds together intense fruit with structure. Far from an easygoing wine, the 2015 is going to need a number of years and will then drink well for several decades. Grilled herbs, smoke, new leather and licorice are some of the many notes that are layered into the dark-fleshed fruit for complexity. As good as the 2015 is today, it also has room to grow. Technical Director Nicolas Glumineau has done a tremendous job with the 2015s at Pichon Comtesse. The blend is 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, aged 18 months in oak, 55% new. (AG) Inner quote mark (2/2018)

97 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Beautifully extracted, this is rich, ripe and layered. It is utterly gorgeous and has real precision and tension. It delivers its Pauillac swagger with the most gentle of hands - the tannins are fine, layered-up and building their defences without imposing too heavily on the succulent black fruits. It judges the vintage extremely well and is the best in this line-up for me. 1% Petit Verdot completes the blend. 60% new oak. Drinking window 2025 - 2042 (JA) Inner quote mark (11/2018)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark I tasted the 2015 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande on three separate occasions rating it 97 twice and 98 once. Checking in as a final blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, this is a nuanced style of wine that grows on you with time in the glass, and the larger Merlot component always gives it a more supple, seductive texture. Crème de cassis, black raspberries, spring flowers, leafy herbs and lead pencil notes all flow to a full-bodied, ultra-pure, seamless beauty that builds on the palate, has fine tannin and a great, great finish. As classy as they come, it will continue to impress for two to three decades. Inner quote mark (11/2017)

97 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This shows spices, pepper, blueberries and blackcurrants on the nose. Full body, very polished tannins and a long and beautiful finish. Shows such gorgeous texture. Precise and transparent. Inner quote mark (2/2018)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot aged for 18 months in barrels, 60% new, the 2015 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande displays a medium to deep garnet-purple color and is elegantly fruited with crushed red currants, black raspberries and cassis with touches of lavender, rose hips, tilled soil, fungi and charcuterie. Medium-bodied, finely crafted, remarkably pure and beautifully poised, it has a firm frame of very fine-grained tannins and oodles of freshness, finishing on a lingering mineral note. (LPB) Inner quote mark (2/2018)

96 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This is the new taste for this estate: richly endowed while remaining elegant and suave. Certainly, there is great concentration here as well as rich black fruits. But they are given a sense of style and poise that will remain with this wine as it ages. *Cellar Selection* (RV) Inner quote mark (12/2017)

95 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark One of the big questions that inevitably awaits answering in each vintage is which of the two Pichons reaches higher, and, in 2015, the Lalande is our choice, if not by all that much. It is an altogether gorgeous, wonderfully supple, very full-bodied wine that marries enormous fruit with all sorts of spice and accents of sweet earth and dried herbs, and it is uncannily fresh and super rich at one and the same time. It is not inexpensive, but it is an exciting look at modern, twenty-first-century Bordeaux of serious breeding, and those who are willing to hide a few bottles away for the distant future will not be disappointed that they did. *Three Stars* Inner quote mark (7/2018)

95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A fresh and focused style, with a terrific beam of black cherry and black currant compote flavors. Strong graphite and black tea notes harness the finish, ending with alder and tobacco echoes. This has serious length without losing any drive along the way. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2018)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Meaty, polished, sweet and glamorous. Racy and well put together. Masses of pleasure. Very long. Seriously intense. Very successful in this vintage. 18/20 points. (JR) Inner quote mark (1/2019)

K&L Notes

96 points Neal Martin: "The 2015 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande has a beautiful bouquet that soars from the glass: blackberry, bilberry, potent graphite scents that lend it an air of Pauillac. I love the precision here and the manner in which it builds and gains momentum with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, good depth and delineation, layers of black fruit infused with graphite. There are certainly semblances to the great 1996 here, the Cabernet Sauvignon remaining in the driver's seat and lending structure and a sense of aristocracy on the finish. This is a serious Pichon Lalande for long-term aging." (02/2018)


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