This wine is still a little youthful, so we recommend waiting a few more years to see its drinking window open up! Nonetheless, we anticipate that the 2010 Chateau Pichon-Lalande will be truly marvelous for some decades ahead!
The estate was received by Jaques de Pichon Longueville as a dowry when he married the founder’s daughter. An effective chateau owner, he was elected to be the first president of the Bordeaux Parliament. The estate was broken up between his children with part eventually becoming Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande or Pichon Lalande, and the other becoming Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron.
All five Bordeaux grapes are grown across the estate’s 85 hectares with a high proportion of Merlot in its wines.
The 2010 Pichon Lalande is performing extremely well and at the top of the range I predicted several years ago. A final blend dominated much more by Cabernet Sauvignon than usual (66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot), the wine is a tighter, more tannic and structured version of this famed Pauillac, which often tends to have more of a St-Julien-like personality than most Pauillacs. Structured, backward and tannic, yet showing a fat mid-palate that is more savory, broader and more expansive than I remember from barrel, this wine is somewhat reminiscent of the 1986, given the Cabernet Sauvignon domination of the blend. Full-bodied, impressively endowed, and less sexy and velvety than normal, this is a somewhat different style of Pichon Lalande than most readers have been used to. Whether you like it more or less will depend on your point of view, but this wine, unlike most Pichon Lalandes, needs a good 5-7 years of cellaring and should keep for 30+ years.
More intense on the nose than the Réserve de la Comtesse. Very supple and sweet on the top with masses and masses of well-managed tannins underneath. The limit of ripeness, I’d say, but it’s not overripe. Needs real patience but it should be rewarded.
What a great style of wine, with its soft, silky, polished, sensuous fruits, expressive aromatics and long, character driven finish. Give it a decade in the cellar before popping a bottle.
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