Chateau Pichon Longueville 2011 Comtesse de Lalande Grand Cru Classe Pauillac France
95 points Wine Enthusiast – “This is powered by tannins while also keeping its fresh fruit intact. There is a mineral texture that's layered with a juicy fruit character on the finish.”
93 points James Suckling – “A 2011 with blackberry, dark-chocolate and smoked-meat character. Full body, silky tannins and a long, intense finish. All about balance and polish. Very fine. Needs three to four years to soften.”
93 points Vinous “My impression is that the 2011 Pichon Lalande will have its day, one day. For now, big, burly tannins give the 2011 a decidedly monolithic feel. To be sure, there is plenty of fruit density and power lurking in the glass, but the 2011 needs more time in bottle before it starts showing at its best. Two thousand-eleven was marked by an unusual weather pattern in which spring was quite warm and dry, but then summer was cool.”
Blend - 78% cabernet sauvignon 8% merlot 12% cabernet franc and 2% petite verdot.
Soil - Gravel and clay over deep limestone and sandstone. Aged in 50% new French oak.
Aging - Aged in 50% new French oak.
Notes - Deep purple core. The nose exudes notes of blackberry raspberry and crushed rocks. The palate is all about finesse and elegance as the tannins are ultra-refined and the finish is remarkably long. This wine is big rich and balanced.