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1996 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • Pauillac
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Community Tasting Notes 449

  • Btvin Likes this wine: 92 points

    August 16, 2019 - Smelled like wet stone upon opening, needed a good double decant and two hours in the bottle before it started to show its grace. Very balanced and elegant wine, short finish.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • dream wrote: 92 points

    July 31, 2019 - Decanted for 3 hours and it showed a lovely aged Bordeaux softness with flavors of black fruits and charcoal minerals and a touch of green pepper. Nice but not as good a bottle as recent tastings.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Bigtuna Likes this wine: 95 points

    July 27, 2019 - Cork broke, fill good. Have enjoyed many bottles of the 96 over the years. Elegant, balanced, delightful. One of my favorite Pichon's. 95

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • ZaphodB Likes this wine: 95 points

    July 23, 2019 - Brick red. Nose is really so elegant, beautiful! With toasted notes, coffee and nice complexity and depth. Mouthfeel is quite lean, medium bodied, and so elegant, fresh, with toasted notes, coffee, and very good length.

    This is a wine that really shows why Pichon-Comtesse has the reputation of elegance!

    I hardly believe it will get any better, but it's probably no hurry drinking either.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • dbenglis Likes this wine: 90 points

    June 19, 2019 - Maybe this is bottle variability. I felt this was under developed compared to the last Lalande I drank which was the 1995. The fruit and balance was present in the 95 unlike the 96.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Cellar Favorites: 1996 & 1985 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (Feb 2016), 2/1/2016 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson
    7/15/2015 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson
    4/23/2015 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    5/17/2013 (link)

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Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    Chicago Recap, 11/2/2011

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    4/19/2011 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    2/17/2011 (link)

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Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    '24' in Bordeaux, 1/31/2010

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  • By Julia Harding, MW
    12/3/2009 (link)

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The World of Fine Wine

  • March 2009, Issue #23 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    9/26/2006 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    9/8/2006 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    3/30/2006 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 2002, IWC Issue #103 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    6/28/2002 (link)

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Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 1998, IWC Issue #78 (link)

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Sommelier Journal

  • By Beverley Blanning, MW
    January 31, 2010 (link)

    (Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac, Bordeaux) Sadly, this is not the kind of wine I get to drink every day, but it’s a reminder of just how great the 1996 vintage was in Bordeaux. The Pichon-Lalande has an unusually high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon (75%), with the remainder made up of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. Despite the lower-than-usual proportion of Merlot, it’s a classic wine from this consistently excellent Pauillac second growth. Just starting to drink beautifully now, the wine is beginning to reveal its cedary complexity of aromas. The palate is silky-smooth, with excellent concentration, complexity, and balance and a linear acidity that flows through to the fresh, fine finish. Fabulous now, but there’s no hurry to drink this up. Hot Picks

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  • By Richard Jennings
    6/6/2007 (link) 93 points

    (Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande) Deep garnet red color; herbal nose of tobacco and white pepper; restrained but tasty palate of cassis, leather and tart plum; medium-plus finish 93+ pts. (14% Petit Verdot in '96) (This was the most open on the palate as I've ever experienced this wine, having tried several bottles in years past; I think it is finally emerging from its shut-down, heavily tannic period. Gildas is very proud of this wine, thinks it is one of their best, with the potential to go 50 years or more.)

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    February 2007 (link) 18.5+ points

    (Chateau Pichon-Lalande Pauillac) A fine concentration of colour here, right out to the rim. A very fine nose. The fine, pure Cabernet fruit that makes this such a great vintage for the left bank is still showing a little primary character, but less so now, with more secondary elements coming through. It is still pure, though, and vigorous with some smoky, iron and cedar notes. Slightly aloof at first on the palate, showing a lot of structure through the midpalate, although it does flesh out. A touch creamy, with grip aplenty. This is very stylish, and brimming with great promise. Right now it can be appreciated for this, but it will be an immensely greater wine in ten years time.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1996
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation Pauillac
  • UPC Codes 080732138011, 087000352896, 088388640001, 3148597126189, 3419466138245, 400006060723, 714153023150, 734599550119

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 234 (2%)
  • In Cellars 9,805 (70%)
  • Consumed 4,015 (29%)

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