2018 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1408013 98 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Lovely grilled and graphite notes right off the bat; this is big and muscular, and extremely Pauillac. There is grace here too, with raspberry purée, cassis, fig and blackberry fruits set against charcoal and fine tannins that quickly build up to suggest how well this will age. 1% Petit Verdot completes the blend. 60% new oak used. 13% press wine. 3.75pH, 88IPT – higher even than the 80IPT in 2016. (JA) Inner quote mark (11/2020)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2018 Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse De Lalande is a monster of a wine with an almost Château Latour-like stature and structure, offering deep, backward, slightly reductive notes of blackcurrants, crushed stone, scorched earth, lead pencil shavings, and tobacco leaf. Based largely on Cabernet Sauvignon mixed with 23% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot, it's full-bodied, concentrated, and powerful on the palate, with masses of tannins, beautiful mid-palate density, and a great finish. As I've commented previously, the up-front, sexy style of the past (due to the larger Merlot content, I believe) has been replaced by a more regal, at times austere profile. Nevertheless, it's still its own wine and very Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande in style. This 2018 is going to need 5-7 years of bottle age and will evolve for 40+ years. 98+ Inner quote mark (3/2021)

98 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This famous estate at the southern end of Pauillac has produced a powerful wine. Packed blackberry fruits, laced with acidity, are just starting out on a long journey along with the tannins. The wine’s elegance is beautifully preserved within the structure. With considerable potential, the wine should not be drunk before 2027. *Cellar Selection* (RV) Inner quote mark (5/2021)

98 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Offers a deep well of dark currant, blackberry paste and plum preserves fruit that needs time to unwind fully, as it’s shrouded in warm earth, tobacco, singed cedar, sweet bay leaf and savory notes. A ramrod of graphite adds to the strident, structured feel. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. *Highly Recommended* (JM) *#2 Wine of the Year 2021* Inner quote mark (3/2021)

97 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Aromas of blackberry, dried blueberry, gravel, mocha and cigar box. Light fresh-herb undertone. It’s full-bodied with firm, ultra fine tannins and fresh acidity. Focused and minerally with a long finish. Great length. Very tight and restrained at the moment. Wait until at least 2026 to take a look. Inner quote mark (1/2021)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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. (LPB) 97+ Inner quote mark (3/2021)

97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark 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. (NM) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

K&L Notes

97+ points Antonio Galloni in Vinous: "The 2018 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande dazzles from the very first taste. A heady concoction of inky dark fruit, graphite, new leather, licorice, lavender, spice and grilled herbs soars out of the glass. The 2018 is rich and expansive yet retains a super-classic vertical feel. Plush, silky tannins add to its immeasurable pedigree. I would cellar the 2018 for a decade or so, if patience permits. It's a stellar wine in the making." (3/2021)


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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/22/2021 | Send Email
One of the stars of Pauillac, the color is an inky purple hue, the nose is concentrated with dark black and blue fruits, slowly notes of licorice, roses, violets, and scorched earth seep through. The palate is just as concentrated with black fruits, while layer upon layer of licorice, graphite, leather and savoriness peek out. The tannins are somehow super fine while adding powerful structure, and the finish is incredibly long.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/16/2021 | Send Email
It is hard for me to know what to write in the presence of such perfection. This great vintage for Pichon Lalande is almost creamy in its perfect integration of gracefully ripe cassis fruit and the best quality, cleanest gravel minerality- young Bordeaux like this was simply beyond my imagination before tasting this. The finish is near endless and has the kind of expansion and queue de paon that I thought only existed in the greatest of Burgundy- not Bordeaux! Cinnamon and I will have to move some of our wine budget around to get some of this masterpiece.
Drink from 2018 to 2068

By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/3/2019 | Send Email
One of our favorites from the vintage! Flavors of espresso bean, mocha and coffee jump from the glass. The texture is pure velvet with fruit that nears exotic. The tannins big but remain silky and juicy on the finish. Great freshness and verve! 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/2/2019 | Send Email
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Tated five times and great notes everytime. This wine reminds me of the 1983 or the 1989 Pichon. That is saying a lot. Fabulous cassis and cedar aromas with some Asian spice thrown in. So elegant, yet with structure to go a long while. (Their 1983 and 1989 wines we just drank-perfection for 30+ year old wines). This wine is one of our favorites of the vintage. A must buy.
Drink from 2025 to 2045

By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/3/2019 | Send Email
2018 Pichon Lalande is 71% Cab Sav 23% Merlot 5% CF an 1% PV Strong, direct and spicy, hints of black olive with fine definition. Strong, elegant and super fresh. Just superb! 2 Stars! Ralph Sands

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/16/2019 | Send Email
Pichon-Lalande is among the best of 2018. It hit those beautiful red fruit notes that many properties missed, while retaining a super-classic profile that they seem to have perfected over the past few vintages. It is layered, intense, with deep cherry and plum, an fine textured palate, their signature herbal hint, and a long, cascading finish. Another masterclass in structure and style, 2018 Pichon-Lalande was the the highlight of the room most of the five times we were lucky enough to try it.

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