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2020 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1539598 98-100 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark An estate that has been on fire of late, the 2020 Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse De Lalande is another brilliant wine in a succession of brilliant wines. Revealing a dense purple hue as well as full-bodied aromas and flavors of blac currants, scorched earth, tobacco leaf, and violets, it hits the palate with an expansive, rich, yet pure, precise texture that carries fabulous tannins, perfect balance, and a stacked mid-palate. Based on 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and 6% Cabernet Franc, it's an incredible wine that's going to flirt with perfection and is unquestionably one of the finest, if not the finest, Left Banks in the vintage. Bravo. Inner quote mark (5/2021)

97-98 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is extremely structured, but with a level of polish and refinement that highlights the excellence of the terroir. Very long and expansive on the palate, showing class and beauty. Powerful, yet comes across refined and curated at the end. Lovely texture. Inner quote mark (4/2021)

96-98 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2020 Pichon-Lalande has a backward nose similar to that of its neighbor Pichon-Baron, and so I decanted the bottle for 45 minutes. It then revealed gorgeous scents of blackberry, wild hedgerow, seaweed (Japanese nori) and wild mint. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit and gentle but insistent grip. Very intense but not ripe; there is a coolness about this Pauillac that I like, while the finish is very classically styled and leaves behind a persistent, slightly briny aftertaste. This is a magnificent, cerebral Pichon-Lalande that will deserve serious aging and the patience of anyone still waiting for The Cure's new album. Tasted three times, including directly from the château. (NM) Inner quote mark (5/2021)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Deep purple-black in color, the 2020 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande begins on a single, well-defined, wonderfully pure note of ripe blackcurrants, opening out to a melody of redcurrant jelly, kirsch, ripe blackberries and tar, with emerging suggestions of dark chocolate, cardamom, ground cloves and violets, with a waft of black truffles. Medium-bodied, tightly wound and with loads of fantastically nuanced black fruit layers, it has a rock-solid frame of finely grained tannins and bags of freshness, finishing long and mineral laced. (LPB) Inner quote mark (5/2021)

96 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Softer and silkier than many Pauillacs in the vintage, this is a clear success. Hugely silky and seductive, with grip, power and finesse. One of the best of the appellation, with finessed tobacco, heather and plump blueberry and cassis fruit, expertly managing the low 30hl/ha yield. 60% new oak. (JA) Inner quote mark (4/2021)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Bright crimson hue. Generous, vineyard-nuanced fruit on the nose with complex cassis and graphite notes. Fruit equally generous on the palate, backed by an abundance of fine tannin. Lots of drive and persistence. Punchier and more masculine in style than 2019. Definitely one for the cellar. 18/20 points (JL) Inner quote mark (4/2021)

K&L Notes

95-97 points, Antonio Galloni for Vinous: "The 2020 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is holding so much in reserve. Tightly wound and not fully expressive, the 2020 is going to need at least a few years to come out of its shell. Bright acids and persistent tannins give the 2020 a super classic, mid-weight feel. I very much like the wine's persistence. Readers will have to be patient with the 2020. The exuberance of some recent vintages is not present today. The blend is 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc, which means a touch more Cabernet Sauvignon than in recent years, and quite a bit more than in the past. Harvest ran from September 7 to October 1, which is about ten days earlier than normal. In the cellar, Estate Manager Nicolas Glumineau opted for light extractions, with minimal pumpovers of just one volume of wine per day, at no more than 25 degrees Celsius. Time on the skins was 21 days, pretty much the norm these days." (06/2021)


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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/8/2021 | Send Email
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So good it reminds me of the fabulous 1989, which is drinking perfectly now after thirty plus years. The Merlot really shines here. This wine will give any of the fabulous vintages 1981-1990 a run for the money. So elegant, but with enough grip for a long ageing.
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By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/24/2021 | Send Email
A blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc. Savory, sweet and elegant in the mouth, with hints of coffee and tea, this wine shows a wonderful freshness of fruit that lingers in the mouth. Tannins are fresh and elegant. This wine has elegance, density and explosive fruit. Described as a “Modern Classic” at the property; we would agree.

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