Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 1996

9.3107 ratings on Delectable
$295

The 1996 Pichon-Lalande is just as awesome from bottle as it was from multiple cask tastings. For Pichon-Lalande, the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon is atypically high. This wine normally contains 35-50% Merlot in the blend, but the 1996 is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot. Only 50% of the estate's production made it into the grand vin. The color is a saturated ruby/purple. The nose suggests sweet, nearly overripe Cabernet Sauvignon, with its blueberry/blackberry/cassis scents intermixed with high quality, subtle, toasty new oak. Deep and full-bodied, with fabulous concentration and a sweet, opulent texture, this wine was singing in full harmony when I tasted it in January...It possesses plenty of tannin, but the wine's overwhelming fruit richness dominates its personality. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2025. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Nico J. Snyman Delectable Pro

Classic, rich, intense, showing some oak, beautifully balanced though, needs some more time to really shine, but still drinking so well right now.

Classic, rich, intense, showing some oak, beautifully balanced though, needs some more time to really shine, but still drinking so well right now.

9.4

Fredrik Johansson Delectable Pro

Winemaker Staglin Family Vineyard

Singing and just hitting on all cylinders. Great dark fruits and balance. Supple. Still fresh and vibrant. LOTSA life left in this one.

Singing and just hitting on all cylinders. Great dark fruits and balance. Supple. Still fresh and vibrant. LOTSA life left in this one.

9.5

Robert Cunningham Delectable Pro

Wine Educator DeVinimus, Wine Workshop

Lovely wine. Drinking very well. Balanced.

Lovely wine. Drinking very well. Balanced.

9.2

David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

Another dinner with green bell pepper. The GBP faded some over the night as the wine opened up.

Another dinner with green bell pepper. The GBP faded some over the night as the wine opened up.

9.3

Matty Wicksteed Delectable Pro

Manager The Wine Cellars

Seems to be peaking at the moment, drinking superbly! Dense concentrated black fruit with that gravelly minerality, cedar, wonderfully perfumed. Still has plenty of power in the mouth but great fruit, mouthwatering acidity and still plenty of tannin, amazing.

Seems to be peaking at the moment, drinking superbly! Dense concentrated black fruit with that gravelly minerality, cedar, wonderfully perfumed. Still has plenty of power in the mouth but great fruit, mouthwatering acidity and still plenty of tannin, amazing.

9.6

Alder Yarrow Delectable Pro

Wine Blogger Vinography

Tight graphite cherry and leather with a deep mineral core. Drinking alongside the Pichon Baron this is more linear and earthy.

Tight graphite cherry and leather with a deep mineral core. Drinking alongside the Pichon Baron this is more linear and earthy.

9.1

Kelly Hau Delectable Pro

Drank it after 4 hours open taste it through about 8 hours, super on the fruit forward side m, pretty nice.

Drank it after 4 hours open taste it through about 8 hours, super on the fruit forward side m, pretty nice.

9.0

p w Delectable Pro

didn't show terribly well but tasty

didn't show terribly well but tasty

9.0

James Parker Huston, CWE Delectable Pro

Sommelier Charlie Palmer

Still a little tightly wound, but a great learning experience about 96.

Still a little tightly wound, but a great learning experience about 96.

9.7

Jens Hoogstad Delectable Pro

95/100

95/100

9.5