This morning Pichon Lalande 2017 has released at an excellent 21.5% sterling reduction to the 2016. In 2017, Pichon Lalande have made a stunning wine which has received superb accolades from the leading critics. Lisa Perrotti-Brown of the Wine Advocate has awarded it 94-96 points, putting it squarely in the band bracket for the 2015, which trades as £1,200. James Suckling has awarded it 95-96 points stating that it is ‘Showing character of some of the top years of the 1980s.’ The 2017 is priced today at £1,116 per case of 12, or £558 per six. This represents good value on release when compared to the 2010 and 2009, which trade at £1,350 and £1,300 respectively. Today’s release therefore marks a 16% discount to these similar scoring vintages, leaving an incentive to buy on release, which has been rare so far this campaign. We therefore hope this release is a wind of change for the campaign, however, it is more likely that Pichon Lalande will be one of the best buys and will sell well globally, particularly when we consider their strategy of reducing allocations.

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Pichon Lalande’s history dates back to the 17th century, its terroir and the site of the Chateau long viewed as one of the finest in the world. It is considered by many to be the premier Second Growth in Pauillac, with a global reputation to match. It is known for 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. However, it remains a thoroughbred Pauillac embodying the best of power and finesse. In 2017, the blend is of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. It is a stunner and a must buy wine of the vintage!

In 2007 the Estate was purchased by Louis Roederer. They have brought additional investment to Pichon Lalande and heralded a new era for this great Estate. Pichon Lalande’s superstar status is therefore secure and it has consistently been producing superb vintages, that are loyal to its beloved style, the quintessential, powerful yet seductive Pauillac. Today it is priced at £93 per bottle. We consider this excellent value when compared to the other wines that compete with it for the title of the leading Second Growth.

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