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This estate is one of the most dynamic in contemporary Bordeaux, so it's no surprise that the 2021 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is a terrific wine—though its a very atypical blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 2% Merlot, cropped at a derisory 15 hectoliters per hectare, hints at what a challenging year this was in the vineyards. Unwinding in the glass with aromas of wild berries, blackcurrants, iris, licorice, black truffles, cigar wrapper, and sweet soil tones, it's medium to full-bodied, layered, and textural, with beautifully refined tannins, lively acids, and a supple but serious profile. It will see 60% new oak and, in all likelihood, a classical élevage of fully 18 months. ~94-95+ WA
This is really spicy with peppercorns, cloves, and Chinese spices, especially on the finish. Blackcurrants, too. Medium-bodied, firm, and polished with a long, intense finish. 88% cabernet sauvignon, 10% cabernet franc and 2% merlot. ~94-95 James Suckling
One of the gems in the vintage is the 2021 Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, a Cabernet Sauvignon-heavy blend that includes 10% Cabernet Franc and just 2% Merlot, aging in 60% new barrel. Yields here were devastated due to mildew and poor flowering, and the final wine comes from a horrific 15 hectoliters per hectare. The final alcohol hit 13%, and it has a healthy pH of 3.69 and an IPT of 75. In addition, a fair bit of press wine was used this year. Regardless of the numbers and technical data, the wine is brilliant and offers a pure, seamless, medium to full-bodied style carrying notes of dark currants, liquid violets, graphite, and chalky minerality. Possessing ultra-fine tannins, beautiful mid-palate depth, and a great finish, it's going to benefit from 7-8 years of bottle age and be a long-lived Pauillac. It's another incredible success from this team. ~94-96+ J. Dunnuck
The 2021 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande needs more coaxing from the glass than the previous vintages. Blackberry, juniper, and iris flower scents reluctantly unfold, though tasting a second glass, I found the nose more forthcoming. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins. The Cabernet is in the driving seat, imparting black fruit a touch of graphite and chimney soot. Edgy, with a structured and quite serious if slightly short finish. A cerebral proposition for serious Pauillac lovers. ~93-95 Neal Martin, Vinous Media