May de Lencquesaing, then owner of the famous Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (Bordeaux), purchased this South African property in 2003.
It is not a traditional “Bordeaux blend” because Bordeaux is typically made with a combination of these 6 grapes historically grown in the region:
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Cabernet Franc
- Petit Verdot
- Carmenere (very rarely used)
This wine contains Syrah (called Shiraz in Australia and South Africa), and a healthy dose of it, but the blend is superb and the “nose” reminds me of wines from some of the best regions in Bordeaux (St. Julien, Pauillac)
Prices for 2007 Pichon Lalande (the wine she produces in France) range from $56-$170.
This is a big, chewy wine but it is balanced, and fresh. Any lovers of Rhone wines (Syrah) or Napa Cab drinkers should RUN out and buy as much of this as possible. I already did! Under $20.
Find it near you and tell me what you think…