Red

1985 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • Pauillac
Drink between 1998 - 2013 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 246

  • Cailles wrote: 92 points

    June 23, 2021 - 24 Vintages of Pichon Lalande (1985-2015): All wines tasted blind. A few general observations: 1) Most wines showed the typical Pichon Lalande elegance. This is certainly one of the more delicate and elegant Paulliacs. 2) The relatively high Merlot content (often 20-30%) showed in many wines with fine, fresh rhubarb, rosehip and floral aromas I wouldn’t necessarily associate with a Medoc - all adding to the sensuous quality of the wines. 3) A few vintages showed the very sexy burnt sugar/coffee notes you associate with the 1982 Lalande or a Mouton or a Cheval Blanc - unfortunately, in most wines this night not to an extent and with an intensity to truly excite. 4) Following the legendary 1982 and until the most recent vintages (starting with 2014 but especially with 2016) there are three decades of pleasant Pichon Lalandes but hardly any vintage has the depth and length of truly great wines. The best wine tonight was the 2009 (rated 95+ points) with many more in the 92-94 point category.

    TN: This was a very good wine, on par with the 89 and only slightly overshadowed by the 88. Medium- expressive nose, a bit rustic with tobacco and fresh dark fruit at the centre and just a touch of burnt sugar. Fine tannins and a good freshness on the palate, slightly creamy texture. Not overly deep but with beautiful herbal, cola and minerality notes circling around a more red fruit core. Nicely precise and balanced but with a touch sweetness and charm missing. This seems mature and will likely not improve from here on.

  • redders Likes this wine: 94 points

    June 20, 2021 - In my cellar since release. V high level.decanted one hour and consumed over four hours watching US Open golf . Fantastic colour . Luminous bright red, hardly any bricking. Nose at first dominated by green pepper and mint. Over time nose softened and cedar and fruit came to the fore. Beautifully fragrant with ripe fruit still there. Lovely mouthfeeel, plenty of fruit with secondary notes and great balance. Excellent bottle

  • Rupert wrote: 93 points

    April 4, 2021 - Beautiful, cedary, classic - perhaps lacking some of the energy of past bottles.

  • englishman's claret wrote: 91 points

    February 7, 2021 - It's really time to drink the 85 Pichon Comtesse. Three bottles from one source showed a nose dominated by tomato, beef blood, coal, and herb, the fruit softening and the palate light-footed (90 points). Another 5 bottles from another source with more fruit, more taut and together with blood, coal, and herb but more life ahead (92 points). The best bottles of 85 PCL that I've had recently do move into the 94 range, but they are relatively few and far between -- and quite likely becoming rarer with each passing year.

  • MPC61 wrote: 92 points

    February 6, 2021 - Tasted in a tight vertical of Comtesse - 83, 85, 86 and 89. Very plush and soft tannins. Lacking in depth and classic pauillac leather and might be a touch past peak but still a very enjoyable and very drinkable wine.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    7/25/2008 (link) 91 points

    (Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande) Group's #7 (my #7) – 35 pts; 0, 1, 0, 0 – Slightly cloudy, bricking dark cherry color with pale meniscus; ripe and mature berry, black fruit and Balsamic nose, out of which emerges menthol and eucalyptus notes after 20 minutes in the glass; palate opens with menthol and eucalyptus flavors and then adds tart tomato and red fruit flavors; medium finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    5/30/2008 (link) 94 points

    (Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande) Cherry brick red with pale meniscus; reticent beef jus, crimini mushroom nose; tasty tart beef jus, with a touch of black fruit, minerals, good acidity; medium-plus finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1985
  • 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 000004036760, 087000347090, 088388640001, 734599505089

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 6 (0%)
  • In Cellars 2,221 (66%)
  • Consumed 1,158 (34%)

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