Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend

9.3161 ratings
9.259 pro ratings
Pauillac, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.6

There are few simple life pleasures that are as good as my Ribeye and a well cellared, very good vintage of Pichon Lalande.

One of my favorite New Years Eve traditions is to have an old Pichon Lalande and my Ribeye. This one was close to Heaven.

I come from a mother who raised seven kids on her own as my father passed away five months before I was born. An amazing feat on her part. I say this only to say, if you didn’t eat at rapid pace, you didn’t get your fair share. So, I learned to eat quickly as we all did.

However, this steak and a Pichon Lalande takes over an hour and has lasted two hours on several occasions. One small bite of steak and a small sip of the right Pichon Lalande and my eyes roll as my head dips in complete appreciation and study. This 86 was no exception! Pichon Lalande is simply my favorite steak wine.

The nose on the front end reveals some barnyard but, dissipates as it opens in the glass. Saddle-wood & cedar, forest floor & dark cassis. Ripe & slightly baked; blackberries, dark cherries, mixed dark berry liqueur notes, blueberries, black raspberries, black plum, plum, cherry notes on the glass edges and high nose. Black licorice, limestone minerals, dry stones, dry brush, steeped tea, light herbaceous notes, burnt caramel, vanillin, dark spice with bright red & blue flowers and dark withering florals.

The body is medium full and flat out gorgeous as it tantalites the palate. It’s a slow sipper. The tannins are slightly tarry & well resolved with years ahead. The structure, tension, length and balance have hit full harmony. Dark cassis, ripe & slightly baked; blackberries, dark cherries, mixed dark berry liqueur notes, blueberries, black raspberries, black plum, raspberries, plum and cherry notes on the glass edges and high nose. Black licorice, sweet tarry notes, limestone minerals, dry stones, dry brush, saddle-wood & cedar, forest floor, dark expresso roast, pipe tobacco, soft leather, dry crush rocks, steeped tea, light herbaceous notes, burnt caramel, vanillin, dark spice with bright red & blue flowers and dark withering florals. The acidity is like a waterfall over the palate. The long finish can only be described as ripe, ruby, well balanced Heaven and it is persistent for minutes. Puts on weight with an hour & half plus in the decanter. Tannins also...round, slightly gritty and dusty.

Happy New Year! 🥂🍾🎉🎊🎀🎈

Photos of, Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, painting of Virginie, Countess of Lalande and their barrel room.

There are few simple life pleasures that are as good as my Ribeye and a well cellared, very good vintage of Pichon Lalande.

One of my favorite New Years Eve traditions is to have an old Pichon Lalande and my Ribeye. This one was close to Heaven.

I come from a mother who raised seven kids on her own as my father passed away five months before I was born. An amazing feat on her part. I say this only to say, if you didn’t eat at rapid pace, you didn’t get your fair share. So, I learned to eat quickly as we all did.

However, this steak and a Pichon Lalande takes over an hour and has lasted two hours on several occasions. One small bite of steak and a small sip of the right Pichon Lalande and my eyes roll as my head dips in complete appreciation and study. This 86 was no exception! Pichon Lalande is simply my favorite steak wine.

The nose on the front end reveals some barnyard but, dissipates as it opens in the glass. Saddle-wood & cedar, forest floor & dark cassis. Ripe & slightly baked; blackberries, dark cherries, mixed dark berry liqueur notes, blueberries, black raspberries, black plum, plum, cherry notes on the glass edges and high nose. Black licorice, limestone minerals, dry stones, dry brush, steeped tea, light herbaceous notes, burnt caramel, vanillin, dark spice with bright red & blue flowers and dark withering florals.

The body is medium full and flat out gorgeous as it tantalites the palate. It’s a slow sipper. The tannins are slightly tarry & well resolved with years ahead. The structure, tension, length and balance have hit full harmony. Dark cassis, ripe & slightly baked; blackberries, dark cherries, mixed dark berry liqueur notes, blueberries, black raspberries, black plum, raspberries, plum and cherry notes on the glass edges and high nose. Black licorice, sweet tarry notes, limestone minerals, dry stones, dry brush, saddle-wood & cedar, forest floor, dark expresso roast, pipe tobacco, soft leather, dry crush rocks, steeped tea, light herbaceous notes, burnt caramel, vanillin, dark spice with bright red & blue flowers and dark withering florals. The acidity is like a waterfall over the palate. The long finish can only be described as ripe, ruby, well balanced Heaven and it is persistent for minutes. Puts on weight with an hour & half plus in the decanter. Tannins also...round, slightly gritty and dusty.

Happy New Year! 🥂🍾🎉🎊🎀🎈

Photos of, Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, painting of Virginie, Countess of Lalande and their barrel room.

Jan 1st, 2019
Charles Antin

Senior Wine Specialist/Auctioneer Zachys

9.2

Twice in as many nights. Showing well. Maturer than expected.

Twice in as many nights. Showing well. Maturer than expected.

2 people found it helpfulJan 20th, 2016
Charles Antin

Senior Wine Specialist/Auctioneer Zachys

9.2

Mature.

Mature.

2 people found it helpfulJan 19th, 2016
Michael Seely

2 bottles, 1986 vintage. Intact, great nose, drinking just slightly past prime, but not really. What a treat! Bottles both drank consistently.

2 bottles, 1986 vintage. Intact, great nose, drinking just slightly past prime, but not really. What a treat! Bottles both drank consistently.

1 person found it helpfulApr 1st, 2018
Sipping Fine Wine

Ooo-LaLa!! Went to a private equity tasting where money is not an issue. Intense aromas of red/blue and dark berries, with a distinctive graphite nose. Shows full fruit flavors of cherries, plums and blackberries with sweet cacao and smoky cedar. Well developed, rich, delicate and soft tannins with balanced alcohol and acidity. The finish was complex, elegant and enjoyable, giving mineral nuances with good length. Perfect! Tasting Sample!

Ooo-LaLa!! Went to a private equity tasting where money is not an issue. Intense aromas of red/blue and dark berries, with a distinctive graphite nose. Shows full fruit flavors of cherries, plums and blackberries with sweet cacao and smoky cedar. Well developed, rich, delicate and soft tannins with balanced alcohol and acidity. The finish was complex, elegant and enjoyable, giving mineral nuances with good length. Perfect! Tasting Sample!

1 person found it helpfulMar 13th, 2018
David Benway

And yes, I nailed it.. Blind! #firsttimeforeverything

And yes, I nailed it.. Blind! #firsttimeforeverything

1 person found it helpfulFeb 26th, 2018
Sameer Singh

Beautiful. Early, fruit well integrated tannins.

Beautiful. Early, fruit well integrated tannins.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 6th, 2018
Rafael Landestoy

Held up better than Baron but again preferred the 2000s and younger tonight.

Held up better than Baron but again preferred the 2000s and younger tonight.

1 person found it helpfulMar 11th, 2017
Greg Gregory

Nice lunch wine.

Nice lunch wine.

1 person found it helpfulMar 11th, 2017
Mike Steffel

If you have this vintage 1986 drink it.

If you have this vintage 1986 drink it.

1 person found it helpfulOct 5th, 2016