Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend

9.3175 ratings
9.368 pro ratings
Pauillac, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, White Rice, Mushrooms, Pasta, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Lamb, Tomato-Based, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Beef, Hard Cheese, Venison
Top Notes For
Loren Grossman

Vintner Wilde Farm Wines

9.5

Still brawny with lots of structure. Beautiful black and blue stone and berry fruit, chalk and minty cigar box. Absolutely delicious but also in no hurry. Great wine. 3 hour decant.

Still brawny with lots of structure. Beautiful black and blue stone and berry fruit, chalk and minty cigar box. Absolutely delicious but also in no hurry. Great wine. 3 hour decant.

Aug 29th, 2021
Mike Saviage

Dark tawny, mostly opaque with amber-ish and clear rims. Quiet nose with faded fruit, until this opened up after a 4 hr decant. Then there are ample notes of black berries, cedar wood, cola, red cherries, some herbs, some mocha and a little pine. Was at its best when washing down a nicely grilled T-bone.

Dark tawny, mostly opaque with amber-ish and clear rims. Quiet nose with faded fruit, until this opened up after a 4 hr decant. Then there are ample notes of black berries, cedar wood, cola, red cherries, some herbs, some mocha and a little pine. Was at its best when washing down a nicely grilled T-bone.

Jul 26th, 2021
Alex Lallos

Owner No Limit Fine Wines, Private Wine Consultant

9.6

Inanely good. Deep mahogany color. still so much beautiful fruit. Perfectly evolved and easy to drink but I wouldn’t hesitate to keep it another 10 years. Absolutely beautiful with finesse for days. Perfect example of lalande. In fact I can’t picture any vintage of this wine drinking better today

Inanely good. Deep mahogany color. still so much beautiful fruit. Perfectly evolved and easy to drink but I wouldn’t hesitate to keep it another 10 years. Absolutely beautiful with finesse for days. Perfect example of lalande. In fact I can’t picture any vintage of this wine drinking better today

Jan 28th, 2020
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.6

There are few simple life pleasures that are as good as my Ribeye and a well cellared, very good vintage of Pichon Lalande.

One of my favorite New Years Eve traditions is to have an old Pichon Lalande and my Ribeye. This one was close to Heaven.

I come from a mother who raised seven kids on her own as my father passed away five months before I was born. An amazing feat on her part. I say this only to say, if you didn’t eat at rapid pace, you didn’t get your fair share. So, I learned to eat quickly as we all did.

However, this steak and a Pichon Lalande takes over an hour and has lasted two hours on several occasions. One small bite of steak and a small sip of the right Pichon Lalande and my eyes roll as my head dips in complete appreciation and study. This 86 was no exception! Pichon Lalande is simply my favorite steak wine.

The nose on the front end reveals some barnyard but, dissipates as it opens in the glass. Saddle-wood & cedar, forest floor & dark cassis. Ripe & slightly baked; blackberries, dark cherries, mixed dark berry liqueur notes, blueberries, black raspberries, black plum, plum, cherry notes on the glass edges and high nose. Black licorice, limestone minerals, dry stones, dry brush, steeped tea, light herbaceous notes, burnt caramel, vanillin, dark spice with bright red & blue flowers and dark withering florals.

The body is medium full and flat out gorgeous as it tantalites the palate. It’s a slow sipper. The tannins are slightly tarry & well resolved with years ahead. The structure, tension, length and balance have hit full harmony. Dark cassis, ripe & slightly baked; blackberries, dark cherries, mixed dark berry liqueur notes, blueberries, black raspberries, black plum, raspberries, plum and cherry notes on the glass edges and high nose. Black licorice, sweet tarry notes, limestone minerals, dry stones, dry brush, saddle-wood & cedar, forest floor, dark expresso roast, pipe tobacco, soft leather, dry crush rocks, steeped tea, light herbaceous notes, burnt caramel, vanillin, dark spice with bright red & blue flowers and dark withering florals. The acidity is like a waterfall over the palate. The long finish can only be described as ripe, ruby, well balanced Heaven and it is persistent for minutes. Puts on weight with an hour & half plus in the decanter. Tannins also...round, slightly gritty and dusty.

Happy New Year! 🥂🍾🎉🎊🎀🎈

Photos of, Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, painting of Virginie, Countess of Lalande and their barrel room.

There are few simple life pleasures that are as good as my Ribeye and a well cellared, very good vintage of Pichon Lalande.

One of my favorite New Years Eve traditions is to have an old Pichon Lalande and my Ribeye. This one was close to Heaven.

I come from a mother who raised seven kids on her own as my father passed away five months before I was born. An amazing feat on her part. I say this only to say, if you didn’t eat at rapid pace, you didn’t get your fair share. So, I learned to eat quickly as we all did.

However, this steak and a Pichon Lalande takes over an hour and has lasted two hours on several occasions. One small bite of steak and a small sip of the right Pichon Lalande and my eyes roll as my head dips in complete appreciation and study. This 86 was no exception! Pichon Lalande is simply my favorite steak wine.

The nose on the front end reveals some barnyard but, dissipates as it opens in the glass. Saddle-wood & cedar, forest floor & dark cassis. Ripe & slightly baked; blackberries, dark cherries, mixed dark berry liqueur notes, blueberries, black raspberries, black plum, plum, cherry notes on the glass edges and high nose. Black licorice, limestone minerals, dry stones, dry brush, steeped tea, light herbaceous notes, burnt caramel, vanillin, dark spice with bright red & blue flowers and dark withering florals.

The body is medium full and flat out gorgeous as it tantalites the palate. It’s a slow sipper. The tannins are slightly tarry & well resolved with years ahead. The structure, tension, length and balance have hit full harmony. Dark cassis, ripe & slightly baked; blackberries, dark cherries, mixed dark berry liqueur notes, blueberries, black raspberries, black plum, raspberries, plum and cherry notes on the glass edges and high nose. Black licorice, sweet tarry notes, limestone minerals, dry stones, dry brush, saddle-wood & cedar, forest floor, dark expresso roast, pipe tobacco, soft leather, dry crush rocks, steeped tea, light herbaceous notes, burnt caramel, vanillin, dark spice with bright red & blue flowers and dark withering florals. The acidity is like a waterfall over the palate. The long finish can only be described as ripe, ruby, well balanced Heaven and it is persistent for minutes. Puts on weight with an hour & half plus in the decanter. Tannins also...round, slightly gritty and dusty.

Happy New Year! 🥂🍾🎉🎊🎀🎈

Photos of, Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, painting of Virginie, Countess of Lalande and their barrel room.

Jan 1st, 2019
Andrew S

A wonderful wine. In the secondary and tertiary flavor stages which were fun to discover and harmonious. A silky elegance holds it together.

A wonderful wine. In the secondary and tertiary flavor stages which were fun to discover and harmonious. A silky elegance holds it together.

Dec 10th, 2017
Charles Antin

Senior Wine Specialist/Auctioneer Zachys

9.2

Twice in as many nights. Showing well. Maturer than expected.

Twice in as many nights. Showing well. Maturer than expected.

2 people found it helpfulJan 20th, 2016
Charles Antin

Senior Wine Specialist/Auctioneer Zachys

9.2

Mature.

Mature.

2 people found it helpfulJan 19th, 2016
Greg Gregory

Needs hours in a decanter. Didn't open long enough beforehand so missed out on its peak of the evening. Decades ahead of it. From my cellar.

Needs hours in a decanter. Didn't open long enough beforehand so missed out on its peak of the evening. Decades ahead of it. From my cellar.

1 person found it helpfulDec 16th, 2020
Michael Seely

2 bottles, 1986 vintage. Intact, great nose, drinking just slightly past prime, but not really. What a treat! Bottles both drank consistently.

2 bottles, 1986 vintage. Intact, great nose, drinking just slightly past prime, but not really. What a treat! Bottles both drank consistently.

1 person found it helpfulApr 1st, 2018
Sipping Fine Wine

Ooo-LaLa!! Went to a private equity tasting where money is not an issue. Intense aromas of red/blue and dark berries, with a distinctive graphite nose. Shows full fruit flavors of cherries, plums and blackberries with sweet cacao and smoky cedar. Well developed, rich, delicate and soft tannins with balanced alcohol and acidity. The finish was complex, elegant and enjoyable, giving mineral nuances with good length. Perfect! Tasting Sample!

Ooo-LaLa!! Went to a private equity tasting where money is not an issue. Intense aromas of red/blue and dark berries, with a distinctive graphite nose. Shows full fruit flavors of cherries, plums and blackberries with sweet cacao and smoky cedar. Well developed, rich, delicate and soft tannins with balanced alcohol and acidity. The finish was complex, elegant and enjoyable, giving mineral nuances with good length. Perfect! Tasting Sample!

1 person found it helpfulMar 13th, 2018