2009 Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (750ml)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

2009 Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
B-21 Top Recommendation
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With his declaration that the "ultra-fine" 2009 bottling of one of Pauillac's most sought after treasures "Reminds me of the legendary 1982," James Suckling ushered in a new wave of collectability for a wine that had long since set the standard for Deuxièmes Crus (Second Growths). Parker echoed that sentiment, declaring that Pichon Lalande's unusual increase of Cabernet in their blend for 2009 (to a level of 75% as compared to their norm of around 65%) had resulted in "A beautiful effort" with Cabernet that "reached levels of ripeness and intensity of flavor in 2009 never seen before in Bordeaux!" Adding that Pichon Lalande's 2009 "Combines the best of a vintage such as 1996... with the best of 1982..." Parker's praise drove collectors and speculators wild. I watched the price of this benchmark Bordeaux soar, reaching levels I'd not seen for Pichon Lalande in a long while. Indeed, the days of buying this trophy for $9.99 (yep, that was the opening price for the 1982!) were long gone.

But with the market shifting, and some long-standing relations with the Chateau, we're able to offer you today a very handsomely priced parcel – newly released from Pichon Lalande.


Deep garnet colored, the 2009 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is a little reticent to begin, slowly giving way to notions of warm black cherries, blackcurrant cordial, stewed plums and sautéed herbs with hints of damp soil, tobacco and beef drippings. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with tightly wound black fruit and earthy layers, framed by ripe, fine-grained tannins and lovely freshness making for a long, lively finish. Classic!

97+ points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Mar 2019)

What a great nose of blackberries, currants and spices. Hints of fresh herbs. Full body, with ultra-fine tannins and lovely fruit. Such finesse and beauty. Wonderful to taste. Reminds me of the legendary 1982. Try in 2018.

96 points, James Suckling (Mar 2012)

A seductive wine, deliciously ripe with the softest, juiciest fruit over smoky new wood. The wine shows intense fruit as well as a soft Merlot core. The tannins are beautifully integrated in this ripely sweet wine.

95 points, Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (Feb 2012)

Alcohol By Volume: 13.0%
This item is a pre-order estimated to arrive 08/16/21. 38 bottles available.