Moncharm | Château Pichon Lalande 1996
One of the legendary vintages, the 1996 Pichon-Lalande has an unusually high Cabernet Sauvignon composition of 75%. The wine has a saturated ruby colour accompanied by a sweet bouquet of chiefly Cabernet Sauvignon with notes of Blueberry, cassis, blackberry interlaced in the toasty oak aroma. The texture is dense and full-bodied with a high concentration and pleasant sweetness. It has a blast of tannins, and its personality is defined by its fruit richness. The wine can be enjoyed anytime between now and 2025.
The history of the Pichon Longueville estate can be traced back to 1688-1689. The estate was inherited by Countess de Lalande, Virginie de Pichon Longueville, and her two sisters in 1850. It was again inherited by Eliane de Lencquesaing in 1978, and she devoted herself towards the tradition of winemaking. It is located in the southern part of Paulliac. The credit of the tremendous success of its wines goes partly to the unusual selection of grapes.
Neighbouring Saint-Estephe and Saint-Julien, the Pauliac region is a known for its exemplary wines and vineyards. It boasts three first growth estates and many legendary winemakers including Châteaux Lafite-Rothschild, Mouton Rothschild and Latour. It has a gravel-rich soil which allows the vine roots to reach deeper than all the other regions in Medoc, this adds an efficacious quality to the fruit and leads to complex and concentrated wines.