Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac 2003

$179.99

SKU 2257

750ml

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Rich, onctuous, fresh with a rare balance and elegance. The colour is very concentrated; dark ruby with purple hints. The nose is fine and delicate with notes of black cherries: one senses a mature wine, full of charm. Aeration unveils the full complexity of the nose: ripe fruit; violets, notes of wood. The attack is delicate, respecting the style of the chateau. Considerable volume in the middle of the mouth and a finish ensured by fine and dense tannins. This is a wine of great purity.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Pauillac
Brand Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
Alcohol/vol 13%
  • wa95

Wine AdvocateThe brilliant, opulent, fleshy 2003 Pichon Lalande (65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot) possesses a high pH of 3.8 as well as 13% alcohol. Reminiscent of the 1982 Pichon Lalande (which never shut down and continues to go from strength to strength), the dense plum/purple-colored 2003 offers gorgeous aromas of blackberries, plum liqueur, sweet cherries, smoke, and melted licorice. Fleshy, full-bodied, and intense, displaying a seamless integration of wood, acidity, tannin, and alcohol, this beauty can be drunk now or cellared for 20 years or more.

Robert Parker, April 2006
  • we94

Wine EnthusiastNormally one of the most elegant of Pauillacs, the 2003 is big and dense. These dark tannins mask delicious black fruit, flavors of spice and layers of acidity. This is going to develop relatively fast, despite the density of the wine, just because it is so rich.

Roger Voss, May 1, 2006
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Wine SpectatorVery pretty aromas of plum, blackberry, chocolate, espresso and cherry follow through to a full-bodied palate, with ultrasilky tannins, refined fruit and a long, caressing finish. This is fine and refined with a wonderful texture. Not quite the 2000, but excellent. Best after 2011. 18,330 cases made.

James Suckling, March 31, 2006