This month we wrapped up selections for the Aussie Wine Guy anniversary wine for the years 2013 and 2014.
Due to budget constraints, we opted for a pair of 1855 classification wines from the Pauillac appelation in Bordeaux. These vintages come from an estate which used to be part of a larger estate which was split in 1850.
It seemed apt to get a bottle from both Pichon Lalande and Pichon Baron as a pair, given the estates’ shared heritage.
Notes: Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron 2011
Big tannins, smoky wood notes and prominent fruit mark this wine, along with acidity and freshness. It’s powerful, with the most gentle structure of concentrated dusty tannins and intensely-fresh blackberry-juice flavors.
Barrel Sample: 93-95 Points” – Wine Enthusiast : 95 Points
Notes: Château Pichon Longueville Lalande Pauillac Réserve de la Comtesse 2009
WS Tasting Note: Bright and sappy, with kirsch and damson plum notes streaking along, followed by tangy iron and floral notes alongside. There’s good zip and cut along the finish, with a lingering mineral edge. Best from 2013 through 2023. 21,665 cases made. – Wine Spectator Score: 91 points