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May 14, 2013

Pichon Lalande 2012 En Primeur

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Pichon Lalande’s history dates back to the 17th century. Lalande’s superstar status is secure, it consistently makes great wine. It is considered a Super Second with an elegance that sits at odds with the austere richness of its neighbour Latour with the wine exhibiting characteristics more akin to those found in the wines of Lafite. It could be the high percentage of Merlot, that supplies these silky textures to the wine, or that the property’s holdings are located on the border of St Julien with 11 hectares actually inside the appellation.

In 2007 the proprietors of Louis Roederer Champagne bought the estate. They have injected additional investment to Pichon Lalande and heralded a new era for this great estate. The estate now calls on oenologist Hubert de Bouart, owner of Chateau Angelus and Jaccques Boissenot the wine consultant to four of the five first growths. With such a team Pichon Lalande looks an exciting prospect for future and at £650 for a full case this is an absolute steal.

Parker Points vs Price
2012 91-93pts – £650
2011 92-94pts – £790
2008 92pts – £800
2004 92pts – £825
2001 93pts – £1000

Coming in at a lofty 13.2% natural alcohol, it offers up scents of black currants, white chocolate, berries, cedar and forest floor. Sweet tannin, a round opulence and medium body result in a classic, supple-textured Pauillac that should drink well young and keep for 12-15 years. It is very much in keeping with what most readers would consider the “house style” of Pichon Lalande, despite the fact that they are moving toward more Cabernet Sauvignon and less Petit Verdot in the final blend. 91-93 Parker Points