Today we are delighted to offer the epic 2009 vintage of the leading Second Growth of Pauillac, Chateau Pichon Lalande. Coming directly from the chateau cellars where it has been stored since its release, this is an outstanding wine named by Robert Parker as “one of the great Pichon Lalandes of the last twenty years.”

Parker has awarded it with 95 points, describing it as “charming, surprisingly open-knit Pauillac with wonderful freshness, a plump, fleshy mouthfeel, opulence and unctuosity, medium to full body and a well-delineated, luscious style.” Widely referred to as outstanding, 2009 was a hot vintage bringing dense concentrated wines with lush exotic fruit and a robust structure; wines which took more than a decade to reach their drinking window. In 2019, upon tasting Pichon Lalande 2009, Lisa Perrotti-Brown of The Wine Advocate granted this wine 97+ points recognising its long life ahead: “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!” Jane Anson of Decanter describes it as a “stunning” and “lyrical” wine which just begs to be savoured,” but as much as it does right now, it will show its best in the years and decades to come. Pichon Lalande’s older vintages continue to grow in price and today’s offer of £800 per case of six IB represents an excellent value for the highly sought after 2009 vintage.

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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 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.