Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2000

9.4137 ratings on Delectable
$265

The 2000 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is spectacular, and certainly a noteworthy rival to the 1996, 1995, and even the extraordinary 1982. A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, this effort has a dense saturated purple color, a singular/distinctive yet possibly controversial aromatic smorgasbord existing of creme de cassis, vanilla, and violets, but also tapenade and tree bark. No doubt the Petit Verdot has imparted a certain almost olive-like component to the wine's aromatic profile. In the mouth, it is a wine of extraordinary density, opulence, great presence, and richness. As the 2000 sits in the glass, notes of lavender and melted licorice emerge along with the distinctive tapenade aromas interwoven with creme de cassis, espresso roast, and cedar. The wine is full-bodied, with extraordinary purity and a tremendous texture. I suspect this wine will be relatively approachable young but evolve effortlessly. This is a dramatic, almost flamboyant style that is not classic Pauillac in one sense, but a classic wine. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2025. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Rafael Landestoy Delectable Pro

Great having the two wines side by side 10 years apart. Beautiful!

Great having the two wines side by side 10 years apart. Beautiful!

9.4

Rafael Landestoy Delectable Pro

My wine of the night!

My wine of the night!

9.5

Jordan Gianelli Delectable Pro

Really well made, beautifully balanced and slow to reveal its depth. Disclaimer: it's hard for me to get past hints of Brett so the nose was a bit of a turn off, but it was not enough to make it difficult to enjoy. Fancy lil wine!

Really well made, beautifully balanced and slow to reveal its depth. Disclaimer: it's hard for me to get past hints of Brett so the nose was a bit of a turn off, but it was not enough to make it difficult to enjoy. Fancy lil wine!

9.1

Nico J. Snyman Delectable Pro

Classic '00 in every essence, extremely well balanced without being over the top like so many other '00 that pushed the limits.

Classic '00 in every essence, extremely well balanced without being over the top like so many other '00 that pushed the limits.

8.9

Kat Thomas Delectable Pro

Sommelier Rose.Rabbit.Lie

Waiting for it to hit me still...or perhaps another bottle to be held for a few more years to try again:)

Waiting for it to hit me still...or perhaps another bottle to be held for a few more years to try again:)

8.8

James Parker Huston, CWE Delectable Pro

Sommelier Charlie Palmer

Hello my friend. Starting to show, but plenty of time to go the distance.

Hello my friend. Starting to show, but plenty of time to go the distance.

9.4

Mike Jordan (MJ) Delectable Pro

Still a puppy. Future is bright.

Still a puppy. Future is bright.

9.3

Robert Cunningham Delectable Pro

Wine Educator DeVinimus, Wine Workshop

Big herbal aromas. Big young fruit. Nice complexity and depth. Great long term potential. Needs years.

Big herbal aromas. Big young fruit. Nice complexity and depth. Great long term potential. Needs years.

9.2

Rafael Landestoy Delectable Pro

One of my favorite producers anywhere. Loved this one and was just a classic Bordeaux.

One of my favorite producers anywhere. Loved this one and was just a classic Bordeaux.

9.3

Yoon Ha Delectable Pro

Master Sommelier/Wine Director Benu

Surprising green tones here. Prominent structure after 14 years and counting.

Surprising green tones here. Prominent structure after 14 years and counting.

8.9