Don't be fooled by the easy fruitiness of this delicious wine, because underneath the blackberry flavors is a powerfully tannic structure. Opulent and dense, it promises considerable aging. Drink this complex wine from 2018.
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. Try in 2017.
Warm savory and tobacco leaf notes lead the way, with a cedary frame surrounding the lightly mulled plum and cherry fruit. Cassis bush and tobacco accents are embedded on the finish. Very solid, but lacks extra drive. Best from 2015 through 2027. 20,833 cases made.
The dark ruby/plum-colored 2011 Pichon Longueville, Comtesse de Lalande is an elegant, suave, medium-bodied effort with abundant black cherry and red and black currant fruit. Nearly St.-Julien-like in its texture and personality, this is a well-made, finesse-styled Pauillac to drink over the next 10-15 years.
Tasted blind. Lots of minerals and pencil shavings on the nose. Some but not excessive austerity on the palate. Verging on St-Estèphe character. Lots of acidity on the end. Masses of character! But a bit spindly. Jancis Robinson
Slightly herbaceous on the first sniff, from there you find the tobacco, cedar chest and fresh red berries. Medium bodied, forward and already easy to drink, the wine finishes with soft textures, followed by cherries and earth in the end notes. Made from blending 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 8% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, the picking was quite fast, taking place from September 13 to September 28.
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