Pichon Lalande 2018

Current Market Price: £1,468.00 / 12x75cl
Chateau Pichon Lalande, Pichon Lalande, 2018

Tasting Notes Pichon Lalande 2018

99

This has to be up there with one of the most seductive Comtesses on record with layers of alternating softness and concentration combined with a lot of 2016’s elegance and power. The nose on this stands out a mile, getting it right up on the podium before you even take a sip. Rich raspberries combine with peonies and curls of woodsmoke while the appellation’s signature slate, cedar, liquorice and tannic grip slowly builds up on the palate. I’ve tasted this several times with each conveying a juiciness and elegance that is quite different in style to many in Pauillac this year - it's a 98-100 for me, and I'm already looking forward to re-tasting it in bottle. 1% Petit Verdot completes the blend. 60% new oak used. 13% press wine. 3.75pH, 88IPT – higher even than the 80IPT in 2016.

Jane Anson
Decanter - April 2019
98-99

A deep and intense young red with blackberries and blueberries, as well as green olives and hints of fresh tobacco. But really black fruit. Full-bodied, tight and integrated with a refreshing and harmonious finish. Just floating on the palate. Great tannin backbone to this. A classic. Another flying carpet.

James Suckling
jamessuckling.com - April 2019
97-99

The grand vin represents 50% of the crop this year. The 2018 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is made up of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot with a pH of 3.85, an IPT (total polyphenol index) of 87 and 14% alcohol. Very deep purple-black colored, it is like hitting a brick wall to begin, needing considerable coaxing to start to reveal notes of crushed black cherries, warm blackberries, ripe blackcurrants and chocolate cake with nuances of violets, rose hip tea, charcuterie, tapenade and incense with wafts of new leather and iron ore. Full-bodied, concentrated and completely laden with tightly wound black fruit and savory layers, the palate gives a rock-solid backbone of firm, super ripe, super fine-grained tannins and soft background freshness, finishing very long with a veritable display of mineral fireworks.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown
The Wine Advocate, 23rd April 2019
97-100

This one nails it in 2018, with saturated, almost sappy kirsch, plum and blackberry preserve flavors at the core, inlaid with sweet tobacco, singed vanilla, worn cedar and fresh earth notes. A bolt of graphite provides support. Concentrated, long and very complete. One of the high water marks of the vintage.—J.M.

James Molesworth
Wine Spectator - April 2019
95-98

The 2018 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is powerful, dense and explosive, with a real sense of vertical lift that conveys energy. Grilled herbs, lavender, inky blue/purplish fruit and spice notes develop in the glass, but it is the wine's balance, purity of tannin and finish that stand out most. In 2018, so many wines lean towards extreme versions of themselves, but Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande remains very much within its classic parameters. The 2018 doesn't quite offer the visceral thrill of the very best recent vintages, but it comes very close. At its purest essence, the 2018 is very Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. The en primeur sample is shown from 100% new oak, although the wine will have about 60% new wood. Tasted four times.

Antonio Galloni
Vinous - April 2019

Pichon Lalande Pricing

Wine Vintage Producer Market price Unit size
Pichon Lalande 2018 Chateau Pichon Lalande £1,468.00 12x75cl
Pichon Lalande 2017 Chateau Pichon Lalande £934.00 12x75cl
Pichon Lalande 2016 Chateau Pichon Lalande £1,550.00 12x75cl
Pichon Lalande 2015 Chateau Pichon Lalande £1,250.00 12x75cl
Pichon Lalande 2014 Chateau Pichon Lalande £1,180.00 12x75cl
Pichon Lalande 2013 Chateau Pichon Lalande £880.00 12x75cl
Pichon Lalande 2012 Chateau Pichon Lalande £955.00 12x75cl
Pichon Lalande 2011 Chateau Pichon Lalande £954.00 12x75cl
Pichon Lalande 2010 Chateau Pichon Lalande £1,368.00 12x75cl
Pichon Lalande 2009 Chateau Pichon Lalande £1,390.00 12x75cl
Pichon Lalande 2008 Chateau Pichon Lalande £1,020.00 12x75cl
Pichon Lalande 2007 Chateau Pichon Lalande £992.00 12x75cl
Pichon Lalande 2006 Chateau Pichon Lalande £1,101.00 12x75cl
Pichon Lalande 2005 Chateau Pichon Lalande £1,188.00 12x75cl
Pichon Lalande 2004 Chateau Pichon Lalande £1,092.00 12x75cl
Pichon Lalande 2003 Chateau Pichon Lalande £1,300.00 12x75cl
Pichon Lalande 2002 Chateau Pichon Lalande £1,086.00 12x75cl
Pichon Lalande 2001 Chateau Pichon Lalande £1,348.00 12x75cl
Pichon Lalande 2000 Chateau Pichon Lalande £2,300.00 12x75cl
Pichon Lalande 1999 Chateau Pichon Lalande £1,209.00 12x75cl
Pichon Lalande 1998 Chateau Pichon Lalande £1,369.00 12x75cl
Pichon Lalande 1997 Chateau Pichon Lalande £1,100.00 12x75cl
Pichon Lalande 1996 Chateau Pichon Lalande £2,400.00 12x75cl
Pichon Lalande 1995 Chateau Pichon Lalande £1,984.00 12x75cl
Pichon Lalande 1990 Chateau Pichon Lalande £1,452.00 12x75cl
Pichon Lalande 1989 Chateau Pichon Lalande £1,464.00 12x75cl
Pichon Lalande 1986 Chateau Pichon Lalande £1,860.00 12x75cl
Pichon Lalande 1982 Chateau Pichon Lalande £7,500.00 12x75cl