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2009 Pichon Lalande

By Chateau Pichon Lalande

2009 Pichon Lalande from Chateau Pichon Lalande, Pauillac, Bordeaux

Within the esteemed echelons of Bordeaux grandeur, one milestone vintage that continues to resonate with connoisseurs and collectors alike is the venerable 2009 Pichon Lalande. This particular harvest from Chateau Pichon Lalande is a testament to the superb conditions that blessed Pauillac that year—conditions that nurtured a wine of both finesse and vigour.

 

The Remarkable Composition of a Pauillac Marvel

The 2009 vintage emerged as one of those rare moments in viniculture, where the elements conspired to create near-perfect growing conditions. The resultant wine is an articulate expression of the terroir—a symphony of ripe fruits orchestrated with such precision one can almost hear the harmonious clinking of Bordeaux glasses in celebration. On the palate, this opulent blend yields a remarkable depth of flavour, characterised by voluptuous blackberry and cassis notes, complemented by an undercurrent of subtle spice and refined tannins.

 

An Assemblage Worthy of Investment and Admiration

As one delves into the structure of this claret, it reveals a layered complexity—a hallmark achieved by meticulous grape selection and vinification. The blend for the 2009 vintage captures the meritage with masterful balance, coupling Merlot's approachability with the quintessential backbone of Cabernet Sauvignon, enhanced by deft touches of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

In context to wine investment potential, the 2009 Pichon Lalande stands as an illustrious candidate. It is a vintage that not only exceeded expectations upon its release but promises to evolve with notable grace within cellars across the globe.

Intertwining elegance with potency, the 2009 offering from Chateau Pichon Lalande encapsulates a year where nature's bounty was exceptionally generous. To savour a bottle is to be transported to the sun-drenched vineyards of Pauillac in a season when each grape cluster reached its zenith of perfection.

In summation, this pivotal vintage reflects not just a single year but embodies the transcendent quality an astute collector seeks for long-term maturation and subsequent revelry—earning its place as one of the most sought-after vintages for enthusiasts tracking the ascendance of majestic Bordeaux wines.

Current market price

HK$16,560.00

12x75cl

Highest score

97

POP score

101.76

Scores and tasting notes

97

Deep garnet colored, the 2009 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is a little reticent to begin, slowly giving way to notions of warm black cherries, blackcurrant cordial, stewed plums and sautéed herbs with hints of damp soil, tobacco and beef drippings. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with tightly wound black fruit and earthy layers, framed by ripe, fine-grained tannins and lovely freshness making for a long, lively finish. Classic!

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 14 March 2019

96

What a great nose of blackberries, currants and spices. Hints of fresh herbs. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and lovely fruit. Such finesse and beauty. Wonderful to taste. Reminds me of the legendary 1982. Try in 2018.

James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 14th 2012

95

A beautiful effort, the 2009 Pichon Lalande, a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, possesses copious mocha, lead pencil, unsmoked, high class tobacco, black currant, forest floor and herbaceous characteristics. It is a deep purple-hued, charming, surprisingly open-knit Pauillac with wonderful freshness, a plump, fleshy mouthfeel, opulence and unctuosity, medium to full body and a well-delineated, luscious style. More elegant than its nearby neighbor, Pichon Longueville Baron, and not as massive in concentration and extract, it is one of the great Pichon Lalandes of the last twenty years.

Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #199 Feb 2012

94

Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Pichon Lalande '09 has a far more understated bouquet with black cherries, pencil shavings, cedar and mint - classic Pauillac in other words, but very intense and precise. The palate is understated on the entry. This is very elegant, refined, very Lafite-like in style with a harmonious, citrus fresh finish that is long and sensual. Tasted January 2013.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jul 2013

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