2010 Chateau Pichon Lalande (Case of Twelve)

Year: 2010
Appellation: Pauillac
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 92-95
Wine Advocate: 92-95+
Vinous Media: 85-88+
Jeff Leve: 94-96
Red Wine


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"Very sappy and intense, with mouthwatering acidity framing the cassis, violet and tobacco notes, followed by a supervibrant finish that features lots of cassis bush character. The Petit Verdot isn't as obvious on the nose as the 2000, which had 10 percent in the blend, but just as prevalent on the taut finish, where there's plenty of spice, drive and cut. Tasted non-blind." (WS)

"I tasted the 2010 Pichon Lalande on three separate occasions, two consistent and one that underperformed, hence the question mark. A blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, it reveals an opaque purple color as well as a thick, unctuous style with fresh blackberry and cassis fruit intermixed with hints of graphite, herbs and coffee. The vintage’s tell-tale minerality is present in this structured, tannic, backward effort. It will require 5-6 years of cellaring and should age for 25-30 years." (WA)

"(a blend of 66% cabernet sauvignon, 24% merlot, 7% cabernet franc and 3% petit verdot; 73 IPT; 3.73 pH; 13.6% alcohol) Dark red. Flowers, sour red fruits, menthol and a hint of gunflint on the nose and palate. Offers modest nuance and lift, but seems a bit hollow in the mid-palate, showing only moderate concentration and definition. Finishes with substantial tongue-dusting, slightly harsh tannins. Really quite disappointing after last year's great wine. (I tasted a total of three samples on two different occasions, with fairly consistent results—only one sample merited close to 90 points.) Interestingly, other wine writers, but not all, also had problems with the samples of this wine. Those who had better luck generally rated this wine as potentially outstanding." (IWC)

"Pichon Comtesse de Lalande produced from 41 hectoliters per hectare, which is low for the estate, the wine is an assemblage of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Flowers, 5 spice, cassis, truffle, coca and tobacco scents open the aromatics. This rich, tannic vintage of Pichon Lalande offers a full bodied, fresh, concentrated wine brimming with ripe, juicy cassis, black raspberry jam, vanilla and spice. This Bordeaux wine ends with a long, clean, supple finish." (JL)