2000 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Wine Tasting Note

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2000 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande  (Pauillac) 96

I like how this is showing today. The soft, silky textures and sweet, ripe red fruits with their fresh attitude stand out in the crowd. Elegance and refinement, with complexity, length, a touch of spice and a distinctive note of greeness on the backend are what you will find here. This is in a good place. The wine is already 20 years old. So, if you have been waiting, there is no reason to hesitate.

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In the right place, at the right time.... With 2 hours of decanting, this really came alive. A complex earthy, tobacco and fruit filled nose, silky textures and a long, lush finish really hits the spot.

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At 15 years of age, this is at, or close to the sweet spot. With 20 minutes of air, the wine softened, filled out and served up a delicious array of tobacco, earth, truffle and plum scents, sensuous textures and an elegant finish. It could get a little bit better, but why wait?

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Secondary notes of tobacco, truffle, spice and blackberry are easy to find. Soft and round, with only a hint of sand in the tannins, the wine leaves you after it completes its lush, soft, cassis, cocoa and dark cherry finish. This will improve, but it's drinking a good palce if you have a bottle and want to pop a cork.

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Olives, cassis, tobacco, cedar, truffle, cigar box, coffee and earthy scents make up the perfume. Spicy, fresh, soft and supple in texture, this medium/full bodied classic and classy Pauillac ends with a fresh, lively cassis filled finish. Give it a few more years.

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From a blend 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot,10% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot, the wine starts off with scents of truffle, tobacco, cigar box, plum, blackberry, smoke, vanilla, wet earth. On the palate, the concentrated, fresh, lush, structured, blackberry and cassis filled wine has some tannin that remains to be resolved. Fresh, clean and supple, give this another few years to soften and develop additional complexity.

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Ripe dark berries, tobacco, mushroom, black pepper, cassis and tobacco aromatics are easy to find. Soft, elegant, ripe and refined, this concentrated wine is filled with juicy ripe plums. The wine ends with freshness, silk and velvet textures, ripe dark berries and hints of olive tapenade.

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With its red and black fruit filled nose was further complicated with earth, wood, spice, olive and tobacco notes. The wine has good concentration and depth, along with silky textures, but there was a minor hint of green in the finish.

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The perfume was the best part of the wine experience. Scents of cassis, blackberry, truffle, tapenade and tobacco delivered the goods. But in the mouth, the wine seemed light and filled with bright red fruits. I did not sense the concentration or body I had experienced on previous occasions.

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The aromatics pop from the glass shortly after the deep colored wine exits the bottle. Coffee, cassis, herbs and dark chocolate say hello. But the wine really gets going once it slides from your glass, across your lips, over your gums and on to your palate.

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Chateau Pichon Lalande Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

When to Drink Chateau Pichon Lalande, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is not a wine to drink on the young side in most vintages. The wine is soft enough, but you miss out on the sublime secondary characteristics that come with age. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 2-4 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume.

Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Pichon Lalande is usually better with at least 10-12 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Pichon lalande offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 15 and 40 years of age after the vintage.

Chateau Pichon Comtesse de Lalande is the most voluptuous Bordeaux wine produced in the Medoc. Much of the wines sensuous qualities come from the large portion of Merlot included in the blend. Pichon Lalande offers dark berry flavors, truffle, cassis and cedar notes. The wine is pure silk and velvet textures.

Due to the wines softness, Pichon Lalande is often approachable earlier than other Medoc properties. But don't let that fool you into thinking the wine will not improve with age. It does! Ass it closes in on 40 years of age, the sublime 1982 Pichon Lalande is still going strong.

Serving Chateau Pichon Lalande with Wine and Food Pairings

Chateau Pichon Lalande is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Pichon Lalande is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Pichon Lalande is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

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