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 “Bordeaux blend” because by law, red Bordeaux can only be made with a combination of these 5 grapes:
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Cabernet Franc
- Petit Verdot
This wine contains Syrah, and a healthy dose of it, but the blend is superb and the “nose” reminds me of wines form 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…