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2020 Pichon Lalande

By Chateau Pichon Lalande

2020 Pichon Lalande from Chateau Pichon Lalande, Pauillac, Bordeaux

The 2020 Pichon Lalande declares its distinction boldly and uncompromisingly, continuing the esteemed lineage of fine vintages from Chateau Pichon Lalande. As a critical observer of Bordeaux's climatic narratives, I found the 2020 vintage a testament to the delicate alchemy of winemaking that transcends mere meteorological challenges.


Bounty Amidst Adversity: The Crafting of a Unique Vintage

The growing season of 2020 grappled with nature's erratic idiosyncrasies— a warm spring followed by a summer that toyed with extremes. Yet, it is precisely this dance with the elements that bestowed upon the grapes an exceptional character, crystallised within this bottle from Chateau Pichon Lalande. The vinous artisans deftly balanced precocity in the vineyard with astute cellar mastery to create a Pauillac of remarkable poise.


A Vinous Jewel: 2020 Pichon Lalande's Personality Profile

Analysis of the liquid jewel reveals a sensory panorama: from blackcurrant purity to seductive cedar and graphite undertones that haunt the olfactory senses with their reclusive complexity. The palate follows suit; it's as if one can discern every decision made in the vineyard and each whisper of oak during élevage—resulting in layers that unfold like the chapters of an epicurean novel, rich with tannic intricacy and a lustrous finish that speaks of longevity.

The investment potential of this Pauillac powerhouse shines as brightly as its enological prowess. Savvy investors will have noticed 2020 Pichon Lalande possesses all hallmarks indicating an ability to mature gracefully whilst advocating its case to be included in any judicious portfolio.

In summary, the 2020 Pichon Lalande from Chateau Pichon Lalande is not just another addition to an investor's collection; it's a vibrant statement of resilience and triumph over climatic whims. With an impressive potential for appreciation in both value and taste, embracing it signifies one's own acumen in recognising brilliance amid strife—a vintage not merely to own, but to witness evolve through the tapestry of time.

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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. The blend this year is 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 20 May 2021

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