The 2018 vintage of Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is the ``most complete'' wine the estate has ever made, with ``more charm, more depth, more silkiness,'' according to managing director Nicolas Glumineau.
Pichon Lalande 2018 tasting. Photo: Guy Collins
Glumineau, interviewed at the estate's winery April 5, said the unusual nature of the vintage became evident in a host of details during wine-making. Large amounts of foam visible in the pumping-over process reminded him strongly of a similar phenomenon in the critically-acclaimed 2010 vintage, while he said the maceration ``could have gone on and on.'' Tasting the numerous press wine samples, often a challenge to the palate if tannins are harsh, was quick and straightforward with this vintage, he said.
The blend of the main wine is 71 percent cabernet sauvignon, 23 percent merlot, 5 percent cabernet franc and 1 percent petit verdot, with yields of 35 hectoliters per hectare, alcohol of 14 percent, a pH acidity reading of 3.85 and total polyphenol index, a measure of tannin quantity in the wine, of 88.
The Pauillac estate, owned by Champagne house Louis Roederer sinc 2007, has 74 hectares of vines in production out of a total area of 90 hectares, with average grape age of 35 years. The vineyard is planted with 62 percent cabernet sauvignon, 28 percent merlot, 7 percent cabernet franc and 3 percent petit verdot, according to estate data. It is a close neighbour of Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron and also near to the vineyards of Chateau Latour and Chateau Leoville-Las-Cases.