Don’t bring a knife to a gun fight, as the saying goes, and so when I suggested to Keith Prothero, former investor in Mullineux Family Wines and all-round wine enthusiast, that I would bring a bottle of Kanonkop CWG 1997 to lunch, he countered with Pauillac Second Growth Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1996.
Both bottles were in excellent nick I’m happy to report, tasting notes and scores as follows:
Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1996
Wine-searcher.com average price: R2 978 a bottle
Red and black fruit, violets and truffle. Really elegant and composed on the palate – weightless intensity, bright acidity and fine tannins. Super length – savoury but not overly so. Perhaps the first signs of some forest floor but set to drink well many years to come.
Kanonkop CWG 1997
Not available for purchase.
Black berries, some leafiness and attractive oak spice. Sweeter fruit and more heft than the Pichon (14% abv compared to the above’s 13%). If contrast to forest floor as a result of maturation, this had the first signs of tomato cocktail. Perhaps slightly less detail but very little to choose between the two.