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When the running of Chateau Pichon was taken over by May-Eliane de Lenquesaing in 1978, the improvements made to the Chateau’s quality of production were immense. She is from one of two families who have continuously managed the estate since the 1680’s. With determination and devotion, she has brought the estate to the prestigious point it is today. Their wines are softer and more supple than other Pauillac estates, mainly due to planting larger areas of Merlot. As a result, their wine is age-worthy, but still drinks very well much earlier.
1995 was an excellent vintage for Pauillac with harmonious and well-integrated wines. They are impeccably balanced and with great tannin structure. Chateau Pichon Lalande produced an exquisite wine that year. Coffee, chocolate and cherry notes marry with blackberry and cassis. Toast and cedar also follow, with mature notes of leather and game. It has a seamless and long finish with ripe and smooth tannins.
The 1995 Chateau Pichon Lalande rinks beautifully now, but can be cellared further. It is a delicious match to a succulent pork or lamb roast.