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Chateau Pichon Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Bordeaux Wine

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Chateau Pichon Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac, Bordeaux wine, Second Growth, producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

For many wine lovers, at its best, Chateau Pichon Lalande is one of the best examples of Bordeaux wine from Pauillac. Sensuous textures, deep concentrated layers of ripe fruit and a perfume filled with earth, tobacco and cassis are what you’ll find in Pichon Lalande.

The first mention of what is now called Chateau Pichon Lalande discusses the creation of the Bordeaux wine property by Pierre de Mazure de Rauzan. Pierre de Mazure de Rauzan is responsible for forming many of what are now widely considered the top Bordeaux wine producing properties today!

The vineyards Pichon Lalande earned its name years later when Therse, the daughter of the founder received the estate as a dowry when she married Jacques de Pichon Longueville. Jacques de Pichon Longueville was not only famous for his efforts as a chateau owner, he was also elected as the first President of the Bordeaux Parliament. During the 18th century the wine-growing influence at Pichon Lalande was definitely feminine. Perhaps that explains part of the wines sensuous qualities. Pichon Lalande was essentially managed by three women: Therese de Rauzan, Germaine de Lajus and Marie Branda de Terrefort. These Pichon Longueville baronesses took care of the vineyard up to the French Revolution. 

Baron Joseph de Pichon Longueville succeeded his mother taking over Pichon Lalande when he was only 19. He was 90 years old when he died, having witnessed during his long reign three revolutions, five kings, two republics and an empire. Much of the credit belongs to him for his efforts to see Pichon Lalande earn its Second Growth designation in the 1855 Classification. What happened next changed the landscape of the Medoc forever. On the eve of his death in 1850, divided the property between his five children. Wanting to be fair to everyone, his two sons received two fifths of the vineyard and the wine-making facilities; his three daughters, the other three fifths.

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After an intermediary period of a few years, when the whole property was administered by Baron Raoul de Pichon Longueville, the estate was officially broken up. From then on the Pichon Longueville properties had two separate identities and ended up making two very different styles of Bordeaux wine from Pauillac. That is still the case today at the Left Bank estate.

What happened was, Virginie, the wife of the Count of Lalande took over the management of the estate under the name of Comtesse de Lalande. In 1850 she commissioned the Bordeaux architect Duphot to build a residence inspired by the the Hotel de Lalande, located in Bordeaux. Like many of the women before her, she made a lasting impact on the estate, which still bears her name.

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Without heirs, Pichon Lalande passed down from aunts to nieces. Following World War 1, the Miailhe brothers, descendants of an ancient family of Bordeaux property owners and wine-brokers, bought Château Pichon Lalande in 1925. It was the Miailhe brothers who deserve the credit for adding more Merlot to the vineyards.

May-Eliane de Lencquesaing was the daughter of Edouard Miailhe. Following the tradition of feminine management at the Pauillac estate, she became the new owner and general manager of Château Pichon Lalande in 1978. She made numerous investments in the estate with the latest, high performing Bordeaux wine making tools. She tirelessly travelled the globe and was one of Bordeaux’s most enthusiastic ambassadors, constantly seeking out potential new markets for its wines. Under her management, the quality of this estate’s wines very quickly rose to an altogether higher plane, gaining recognition all over the world. In 1997 she acquired Chateau Bernadotte, another estate in Haut Medoc appellation. Aside from being the perfect, tireless ambassador of Bordeaux wine all over the world, perhaps her greatest achievement was expanding the size of Chateau Pichon Lalande from 40 hectares to its current 89 hectares of vines! That was quite an accomplishment to grow a major property in the Left Bank by more than 50%. By this time, Chateau Pichon Lalande had remained in the hands the same family for more than 250 years! In fact, over three centuries, only two families have owned Pichon Lalande.

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May-Eliane de Lencquesaing sold Pichon Lalande to the owners of Roederer Champagne house in January 2007. This family-run company is managed by Frédéric Rouzaud and owns several other wine estates in Bordeaux: Chateau Bernadotte  - Chateau  de Pez  and Chateau  Haut Beausejour and Château Réaut la Gravière. Chateau Bernadotte was sold in December 2012.

With the new owners, other changes took place in management. However, the feminine touch was still in place. In February, 2011, Sylvie Cazes was named the director of Chateau Pichon Lalande. She replaced Gildas d’Ollone. Sylvie Cazes with replaced in 2012 by Nicolas Glumineau, who was previously employed at Chateau Montrose in St. Estephe.

Once the purchase for Chateau Pichon Lalande was concluded, in 2008, a complete renovation of the estate took place. The wine making facilities were rebuilt and modernized. The of course included the cellars, vat rooms and chais. The reception area, glass museum and chateau was remodeled. A targeted, replanting program for select, vineyard parcels was started. The replanting focused on making sure the best root stocks with the most potential were planted in the correct, specific soil types for each grape varietal.

In 2012, Pichon Lalande once again renovated the estate with a budget estimated to be in excess of 15 Million Euros. Designed by the noted Architects Philippe Ducos and Alexandre Rougier. This renovation provided numerous improvements in their wine making and vineyard management techniques. Most importantly, to help in the vinification, they created a new, triple tiered, cellar where everything moves by gravity. They also added numerous new, stainless steel, temperature controlled, double skinned vats. These new vats allow Pichon Lalande to vinify on a parcel by parcel basis as well as help with softer, more gentle extractions for the most sensuous wine of Pauillac. The new facilities included the building of a new, underground barrel aging cellar and several new buildings.

The improvements were also completed with goal of being as green and environmentally conscious as possible. In addition, they added the Bucher destemmer and Oscillys machine for sorting along with the Vistalys Optical Sorting technology. The renovations were finished in time for the 2013 Bordeaux harvest.

The large, 89 hectare vineyard of Chateau Pichon Lalande has good neighbors. the vineyard is located only a vine from Chateau Latour, with perfect access to the Gironde river and only across the street from to Pichon Baron. While the estates owns 89 hectares of vines in the Medoc, only 78 hectares are in production. Plus, it’s important to note, that only 67 hectares are used to produce Pichon Lalande. The heart of the Pichon Lalande vineyard is a solid 65 hectare parcel of vines situated southwest of Pichon Baron.

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The terroir of Chateau Pichon Lalande is deep gravel with clay and limestone soil. Today, the goal of the owners is for the vineyard of Chateau Pichon Lalande to be planted to 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. That shows a marked increase in Cabernet Sauvignon, which was kept at 45% for decades and a decrease in Cabernet Franc, as well as in the Petit Verdot which was previously planted to 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot. The estate practices as much sustainable farming, vineyard management as possible. Today, at least 40 hectares are farmed using 100% organic methods. Pichon Lalande is also experimenting with biodynamic farming techniques. As of 2014, 6 hectares were set aside for experiments with various farming techniques. 3 hectares are being biodynamically farmed and 3 hectares are being farmed using organic techniques. Pichon Lalande expects to increase the use of organic and biodynamic farming in future vintages.

There is something else unique about the vineyards of Chateau Pichon Lalande, they own 11 hectares (27 acres) of vines in the commune of St. Julien. From time to time, the wine has been sold and bottled by Negociants as St. Julien, with a mention of the vines owners, Pichon Lalande on the label. Although, several decades ago, it was not unusual to see the wine bottled as both AOC St. Julien and as AOC Pauillac, depending on the negociant. That practice stopped by the 1960′s. The grapes from St. Julien are used to produce wine that is usually sold to employees of Chateau Pichon Lalande.

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The vinification of Pichon Lalande takes place in 70, temperature controlled, stainless steel vats that vary in size that range from as small as 50 hectoliters and increase in size to 50, 70, 80, 120 and even 150 hectoliter vats. This allows for very precise fermentation work. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tank. The wine of Pichon Lalande is aged in 50% new, French oak barrels for an average of 18 months. On average up to 15,000 cases of Chateau Pichon Lalande are produced each year. There is a second wine, Reserve de Comtesse, which made its debut in 1973. Although it was produced from time to time as far back as 1874, making Pichon Lalande one of the first Bordeaux estates to make a second wine.

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Pichon Lalande is the most voluptuous Bordeaux wine produced in the Medoc.  Much of the wines sensuous qualities come from the large portion of Merlot included in the blend.  Pichon Lalande offers dark berry flavors, truffle, cassis and cedar notes. The wine is pure silk and velvet textures. Due to the wines softness, Pichon Lalande is often approachable earlier than other Medoc properties. But don’t let that fool you into thinking the wine will not improve with age.  It does!

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. With smoke, spicy cassis and pepper in the nose, the wine feels soft, delicate and forward. Its lack of weight renders it light/medium bodied, while the open, fresh, finish showcases black raspberry, herbs and black olive. Drinkable on release, this vintage was produced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon for the first time in the estate’s history. The wine reached 12.8% alcohol from 13 hectoliters per hectare, and the Grand Vin represents 33% of the crop. Another record was set with 2013 Pichon Lalande, this is the smallest level of production in the estate’s history. 89-91 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
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  2. 2012 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. Deep ruby in color, with cocoa, blackberry, dark cherry, herbs and tobacco. Fresh, tannic, medium bodied and soft, this will be better with a few more years of age.

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. Produced from a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13% alcohol, with a pH of 3.8. Sporting a deep color, the wine offers dark chocolate, black raspberry, mint and caramel scents. Soft, medium-bodied and silky, the wine ends with black and red berries, cocoa, and fresh herbs in the cherry-dominated finish. 91-93 Pts

      92 points - Tasted
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  3. 2011 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. Smoke, tobacco and green pepper and cocoa scents open to a medium bodied, soft, polished easy to like, early drinking style of Pichon Lalande.

      91 points - Tasted
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    2. With a nose consisting of truffle, blackberry, vanilla bean and cassis, the wine is forward, soft, open and shows freshness in the cassis and dark red berry profile. The wine ends with a sweet, black cherry and chocolate finish.

      92 points - Tasted
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    3. A record-setting amount of Cabernet Sauvignon was used in 2011 with 78%. The remainder was taken up with 12% Cabernet Franc, 8% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. The wine will be aged in 60% new oak and reached 13% alcohol. Deep ruby in color with floral, cocoa, cassis, tobacco, olive and hints of mocha scents make up the perfume. The wine has medium body with fresh and bright cassis and boysenberry in the round finish. 92-94 Pts

      92 points - Tasted
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  4. 2010 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. What a great style of wine, with its soft, silky, polished, sensuous fruits, expressive aromatics and long, character driven finish. Give it a decade in the cellar before popping a bottle.

      95 points - Tasted
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    2. Deep in color, the nose opens with blackberry, licorice, earth, coffee, black cherry and herbs. With soft tannins, silky textures and a chocolate, cherry, fennel,, soft round, finish, this should really start showing well with 5-8 years of bottle age.

      94 points - Tasted
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    3. From a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the wine opens to a bouquet of oak, coconut, cassis, tobacco, earth and coca. With freshness, the medium/full body wine finishes with cassis, black raspberry jam, vanilla and spice.

      93 points - Tasted
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    4. 2010 Chateau Pichon Lalande sports a deep ruby color. With scents of fresh black pepper, cassis, olives and truffle, this is a tannic vintage for the chateau. The wine is fresh, but the tannins while round, do not feel perfectly ripe. The wine finishes with a cassis, black cherry and green peppercorn sensation with hints of cranberry. Released at 138 Euros, the wine show a marked increase in price from their 2009 vintage. 93-95 Pts

      94 points - Tasted
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    5. Pichon Comtesse de Lalande - Produced from 41 hectoliters per hectare, which is low for the estate, the wine is an assemblage of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Flowers, 5 spice, cassis, truffle, coca and tobacco scents open the aromatics. This rich, tannic vintage of Pichon Lalande offers a full bodied, fresh, concentrated wine brimming with ripe, juicy cassis, black raspberry jam, vanilla and spice. The wine ends with a long, clean, supple finish. 94-96 Pts

      95 points - Tasted
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  5. 2009 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. Produced from a blend with a high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon at 75%, the remainder of the blend comes from 20% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The nose is filled with coffee, caramel, ripe cassis, truffle and smoky scents. In the mouth, this opulently styled Pichon Lalande possesses layers of silky, black cherry, spice, cassis and creamy black raspberry. Elegant, polished and velvety, this is a beautiful style of Pauillac. This wine might never close down and could offer uninterrupted pleasure for decades.

      95 points - Tasted
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    2. This beautiful vintage of Pichon Lalande is loaded with floral, cassis, boysenberry, earth, olive and tobacco notes. With a high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon, 75%, blended with 20% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, this powerful, graceful, sensuous, rich, fresh Bordeaux wine is pure, refined and offers silky, velvet textures.

      96 points - Tasted
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    3. This Bordeaux wine offers an attention seeking espresso bean, ash, cassis, blackberry, olive, tobacco and floral scented perfume that is easy to find. With soft, silky tannins and an opulent, exotic, expressive profile, this outstanding Pauillac ends with a rich ripe, black cherry filled finish. This is my favorite vintage of this chateau since the delicious 2000. This wine merits attention because it's better than the 2010, and it sells for less money.

      96 points - Tasted
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    4. 2009 Pichon Lalande offers blackberry, cassis, chocolate, plum, mocha and coffee scents. The wine is a suave, sexy style of Pichon, which at its best combines elegance with freshness and silky fruit. 96-98 Pts

      97 points - Tasted
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  6. 2008 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. From an assemblage of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc, the wine opens with coffee bean, cassis, earth, truffle, chocolate, tobacco and cedar wood. Round in texture, with ample fresh, spice, cocoa and crème de cassis, herbs and tapenade in the finish, the wine is closing down and needs time.

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. Vanilla, plum, cassis, earth, blackberry and tobacco leaf aromas create the perfume.Medium/full bodied with soft textures, the wine ends with a fresh, tapenade and cassis finish. This is much tighter than it was a year ago. It's starting to close up and go to sleep.

      93 points - Tasted
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    3. This was an outstanding wine in barrel and it's even better in bottle. From a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc, the aromatics are filled with cassis, bitter chocolate, flowers and boysenberries. Suave, polished and with ample depth and freshness, this outstanding Bordeaux wine hits all the right spots with its sexy style. For fans of Pichon Lalande, this is the wine to buy. It pairs great style with quality and the ability to age.

      95 points - Tasted
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    4. 08 Château Pichon Lalande is a great success for the vintage. It is quite deeply colored for a young Pichon Lalande. The complex nose of ripe berries, cherries, cassis, oak, earth, spice, and herbs is a treat. The wine has good levels of concentrated, round, soft fruit. The tannins are polished, giving the wine great texture. The long, rich, ripe, black fruit finish is a pleasure. 92-95 Pts

      94 points - Tasted
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  7. 2007 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. Made from a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc, the nose offers herbs, mint, green leaf, black plums, coffee, olives and green pepper. This medium bodied, soft textured, rapidly maturing wine ends with chocolate and cassis. While this could improve, it’s drinking well today and will not make old bones.

      89 points - Tasted
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  8. 2006 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. Concentrated, ripe, sweet, fresh cassis, blackberry, smoke, tobacco and espresso bean on the nose, with soft tannins, supple textures and a refined, elegenat, plush finish. Still young, this will improve with anothe 4-5 years of bottle age.

      94 points - Tasted
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    2. From an unusual blend for the property, as it includes only two varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon at 64% and 36% Merlot, the wine is still sporting deep color. On the nose, tobacco, truffle, crème de cassis, flowers, smoke and earthy scents. Pure, rich, silk and velvet in texture, there is depth, concentration and freshness. Packed with lush, ripe, dark berries and black cherry, this beautifully textured, structured, fresh, pure Pauillac is made to age and improve.

      95 points - Tasted
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    3. Powerful aromatics with crème de cassis, truffle, tobacco, cedar wood, smoke and earth lead the way to a young, fresh, crisp, bright, spicy, cassis filled finish. This delicious vintage of Pichon Lalande requires at least another 5 years in the cellar before it starts being ready for prime time drinking.

      94 points - Tasted
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    4. 2006 Pichon Lalande is a huge step up from the much lighter and simpler 2005. The last vintage produced with the help of Hubert de Bouard of Chateau Angelus as a consultant, the wine is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon and 36% Merlot. Deep ruby in color, the wine explodes with juicy, ripe, blackberries, plums, coffee, chocolate, earth, flowers, truffles, tobacco and crème de cassis. Opulent in texture, with a silk and velvet palate feel, this sexy style of Pichon Lalande ends with a rich, concentrated mouthful of fresh boysenberries and spice. This is going to be a great wine to enjoy tasting over the next 30 years. This is stll a young wine. But the tannins are ripe and round, so while it is not a mature wine, it's fun to drink with a few hours of decanting.

      96 points - Tasted
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  9. 2005 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon and a drop of Petit Verdot make up the blend. Floral, earth, cedar and cassis in the nose lead to a medium bodied, fresh, clean wine that lacks the concentration of the top vintages. Round in texture, but lacking the concentration and depth found in the great vintages, the wine end with a black cherry, chocolate and green olive finish. Give this a few more years. I doubt this is going to be one of the longer lived vintages of Pichon Lalande.

      90 points - Tasted
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    2. Pichon Lalande seemed to me to be better than Parker rated it. But, it is light in color and depth and does not have all the qualities needed to make this one of the best Pichons. It is not a wine I would buy as there are much better Pichons and better wines for the money.

      90 points - Tasted
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  10. 2004 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. From an assemblage of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc, the wine opened with coffee bean, earth, truffle tobacco and black cherry. Medium bodied with some dryness in the black cherry finish, this already starting to drink well and is not a wine to lay down for decades.

      90 points - Tasted
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  11. 2003 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. Tobacco, licorice, earth, cedar, roasted dark berries, herbs, black cherry and spice, open to a lush, sexy, plush, opulently textured wine of pleasure, finishing with sensuous, sweet, ripe, milk chocolate covered cherries.

      95 points - Tasted
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    2. Cedar wood, tobacco, oak, blackberries and truffle scents pop with no effort. Silk and velvet textures and a rich, open, lush, fruit filled finish make this a pleasure to drink, now and in the future. This is a very sexy example of Pauillac.

      95 points - Tasted
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    3. Blending 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot created a ruby colored wine that is showing lightening at the edge. Truffle, blackberry, cassis, cocoa, plum, spice, black cherry, tobacco and smoke produce a complex perfume. Plush, rich, sexy and sensuous, this opulent, pure, velvet textured wine is a treat for the senses. Maturing at a rapid pace, you can enjoy a bottle now, or over the next 15-20 years. If this wasn’t tasted in a vertical with numerous other vintages to write about, I would have put this delicious elixir where it belonged instead of the bucket.

      95 points - Tasted
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    4. Very expressive nose packed with smoke, tobacco, earth, blackberry, spice and truffle scents. In the mouth, this is plush, soft and round. At 9 years of age, this is already a pleasure to enjoy, but it has room to age and develop as its not yet fully mature. The rich finish ends with black cherry, cocoa, earth, olive and spicy sensations.

      95 points - Tasted
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    5. With an expressive nose packed with mocha, cassis, vanilla, forest floor, earth, red and black plum and cigar box aromas, this sensuous, lush, rich, Pichon Lalande is drinking great today. It should age effortlessly for at least another 15-20 years.

      95 points - Tasted
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    6. Earth, tobacco leaf, cassis, blackberry, smoke, forest floor and olive notes open up the nose. Full bodied, with lush, round, silky ripe dark berries, cassis and spice, the wine continues developing well. At 9 years of age, it's already drinking well. Even though it's showing surprisingly well, I expect the wine to continue improving for several more years.

      95 points - Tasted
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    7. This wine opens with dark berries, mushroom, earth, pepper and tobacco notes. Soft, elegant, silky tannins, coupled with velvety dark fruit ends with fresh, ripe blackberries, pepper and hints of green olive tapenade. This sexy wine will only get better with age.

      96 points - Tasted
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    8. Spice, cinnamon, black fruit, coffee and oak make up the aromatics. Lots of exotic, black fruit on the palate with plummy accents. The wine clearly shows its trademark richness and soft, elegant style of Bordeaux. Give it 5 more years and let it strut its stuff.

      94 points - Tasted
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    9. This offers an exotic, spicy nose combining ripe, spicy, red and black fruits. The wine hits the palate with a very sexy feel and maintains a lot of complexity through the finish.

      93 points - Tasted
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  12. 2002 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot produced a wine with olive, wet earth, tobacco and cassis. Medium bodied, with an olive, black cherry and slight herbal quality, the wine feels slightly dry in the finish. I’d opt for drinking this sooner than later.

      90 points - Tasted
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    2. This remains an undiscovered treasure. Good color, jammy black fruit, chocolate, olives, tobacco and spice in the perfume. Already showing well, this Bordeaux wine offers a beautiful palate feel. It is an elegant style of wine that ends with ample, soft, sweet black fruit and elegant textures in the mouth. Give it 2 or 3 more years.

      91 points - Tasted
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  13. 2001 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. Blending 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and a whopping 14% Petit Verdot, this medium/full bodied wine offers earth, wood, forest floor, floral, blackberry, cassis and tobacco in the nose. Silk and velvet in texture, this supple, elegant, Pauillac is delicious today. There is no reason to wait to pop a cork. Drink now or over the next 15 years.

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. Spicy plums and cassis with earth, tobacco and caramel scents. Soft, supple and round, this elegant, graceful wine finishes with plush dark berries and mocha flavors.

      92 points - Tasted
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  14. 2000 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. Secondary notes of tobacco, truffle, spice and blackberry are easy to find. Soft and round, with only a hint of sand in the tannins, the wine leaves you after it completes its lush, soft, cassis, cocoa and dark cherry finish. This will improve, but it's drinking a good palce if you have a bottle and want to pop a cork.

      95 points - Tasted
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    2. From a blend 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot,10% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot, the wine starts off with scents of truffle, tobacco, cigar box, plum, blackberry, smoke, vanilla, wet earth. On the palate, the concentrated, fresh, lush, structured, blackberry and cassis filled wine has some tannin that remains to be resolved. Fresh, clean and supple, give this another few years to soften and develop additional complexity.

      95 points - Tasted
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    3. Olives, cassis, tobacco, cedar, truffle, cigar box, coffee and earthy scents make up the perfume. Spicy, fresh, soft and supple in texture, this medium/full bodied classic and classy Pauillac ends with a fresh, lively cassis filled finish. Give it a few more years.

      94 points - Tasted
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    4. Ripe dark berries, tobacco, mushroom, black pepper, cassis and tobacco aromatics are easy to find. Soft, elegant, ripe and refined, this concentrated wine is filled with juicy ripe plums. The wine ends with freshness, silk and velvet textures, ripe dark berries and hints of olive tapenade.

      96 points - Tasted
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    5. With its red and black fruit filled nose was further complicated with earth, wood, spice, olive and tobacco notes. The wine has good concentration and depth, along with silky textures, but there was a minor hint of green in the finish.

      93 points - Tasted
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    6. The perfume was the best part of the wine experience. Scents of cassis, blackberry, truffle, tapenade and tobacco delivered the goods. But in the mouth, the wine seemed light and filled with bright red fruits. I did not sense the concentration or body I had experienced on previous occasions.

      93 points - Tasted
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    7. The aromatics pop from the glass shortly after the deep colored wine exits the bottle. Coffee, cassis, herbs and dark chocolate say hello. But the wine really gets going once it slides from your glass, across your lips, over your gums and on to your palate.

      95 points - Tasted
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  15. 1999 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. Unripe and lean. Not a lot of pleasure or complexity in this medium/light bodied wine. Owners should drink it sooner than later.

      87 points - Tasted
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  16. 1996 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. 1996 Pichon Lalande is one of those rare wines that has never shut down. It’s been delicious since it was bottled and it has improved with age. Rich, sensuous textures, complex aromatics and a fresh, pure, long, expansive finish are all found in this beautiful Pauillac. Drink it now, or hold it for another decade or two!

      96 points - Tasted
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    2. Truffles, cigar smoke, dark berries, cassis, cedar wood, spice, tapenade, anise and damp forest scents open to a suave, rich, full bodied, silky, fresh, polished, sensuous wine with multiple layers of ripe, black fruits. The long, clean, black cherry finish with sensations of velvety tannins remains in your mouth for close to 50 seconds. At 15 years of age, this is starting to its true character. It seems to get better with every tasting. Drink this delicious Bordeaux wine now and over the next 20 years.

      97 points - Tasted
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    3. A fragrance factory seems to have exploded in the glass when this Bordeaux is poured. Black fruit, olive tapenade, cedar, cassis, licorice, chocolate and spicy tobacco make this a wine difficult to stop smelling. But the intoxicating perfume are only a prelude to the joy your palate senses as the wine flows over your sense receptors. Dense, concentrated and rich with a seemingly endless array of ripe, black fruit fills your palate. The texture is pure velvety, opulence.

      96 points - Tasted
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    4. Already open and offering much of its future charms, this beautiful wine is filled with rich, ripe, sexy fruit and coats your palate with pleasure. It has aromatics and a finish that is a joy to feel on your palate. I hope and believe the 00 might be at the same level in a few years, but the 96 is stunning!

      95 points - Tasted
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  17. 1995 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. Crème de cassis, flowers, black cherry, tobacco leaf, olive, cocoa and fresh herbs create the perfume. Soft tannins, with only a hint of rusticity, the wine is starting to show well. This is one of the few wines that transcends the high tannic, structured style of the vintage.

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. 1995 is a difficult year in Bordeaux. Many of the wines are hard, tannic and lack charm. That is not the case with Pichon Lalande. Floral, cassis, tobacco, truffle, smoke, earth, olive and spicy blackberry aromas crop up with little effort. Silk and velvet in texture, this supple Pauillac ends with a delicious, chocolate, black cherry, herb and plum finish. This is drinking great today. It should continue to improve for at least another 15-20 years.

      95 points - Tasted
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    3. Fresh aromas of cassis, blackberry, spice, olives, herbs, truffle, coco and cigar box fill the air. This concentrated wine is still tannic. But unlike most 95's, the tannins feel ripe and round. The wine offers ample freshness and structure, as well as silk and elegant textures, ending in a wave ripe, spicy dark fruits and hints of olives. This is one of my favorite wines from this ever increasing, difficult year.

      96 points - Tasted
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  18. 1994 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. Medium bodied, firm and showing some greeness in the fruit, as one would expect, the wine is more interesting on the nose than the palate with its tobacco, cigar boax, cassis, blackberry and earthy aromatics. There is a slight gruffness to the tannins in the spicy cassis and cranberry finish.

      89 points - Tasted
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  19. 1990 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. Ruby with light tea coloring at the edges, the perfume offersd, cassis, spice, olive and herbal aromas. Medium bodied, this lighter style of Pichon ends with soft, cherry and strawberry flavors.

      88 points - Tasted
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  20. 1989 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. Better on the nose than the palate as the wine is slowly losing its intensity and lush textures. The complex, truffle, tobacco, dark berry, cigar box and earthy aromas are a treat. But the bloom is off the rose on the palate. This is not falling apart. But it does require consumption over the next 2-5 years before dropping more of its fruit.

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. Tobacco, check. Truffles, check. Spice, earth and cassis check. Soft, silky textures too. But this bottle did not seem as fresh, lively or deep as the last bottle. I think this is fully mature and while it has not run out of steam, there is probably nothing to be gained by holding it further.

      93 points - Tasted
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    3. A beautiful mature nose, packed with earthy, forest notes, truffle, blackberry, tobacco and cassis is the first thing you notice. Plush, soft, round and elegant in texture,the wine finishes with fresh, ripe berries, olives and cassis. If you're not familiar with Bordeaux, this is the wine to get you going. If you are a Bordeaux lover, you already know, this is really good juice.

      94 points - Tasted
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    4. Tobacco leaf, forest floor, truffle, smoke, cassis, olive, floral, coffee and spice box aromatics lead to a sensuous, luscious wine filled with ripe, juicy cassis and fresh Maraschino cherries. This is fully mature. There is no hurry to drink it, it’s probably not going to improve much either.

      94 points - Tasted
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    5. Tobacco, bitter chocolate, blackberries, cigar box, earth and cassis. Polished silky and velvet textures with a cassis, cranberry and cocoa filled finish. This is fully mature and if this bottle is a correct example, it does not seem like it has the stuffing to age and improve from this point on.

      93 points - Tasted
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    6. It's always a nice surprise when a bottle performs better than you expected. Tobacco, cassis, truffle, earth, spice, cedar, green olive tapenade and roses make up the complex perfume. On the palate, this Bordeaux wine feels like pure silk and velvet. The long, ripe dark berry finish lasts at least 40 seconds. Note to self, drink more Pichon Lalande.

      95 points - Tasted
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    7. Earth, truffle, tobacco, cassis, spice, smoke and chocolate covered plums make up the complex perfume. Elegant, soft, refined and sexy, this mature Pauillac ends with layers of polished, silky dark berries.

      95 points - Tasted
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    8. 89 Pichon Lalande is llight ruby in color. The wine offers a perfume of tobacco, cassis, plums, green olive tapenade, earth and truffle. In the mouth, 89 Pichon Lalande is soft and round in texture. The finish is filled with bitter chocolate, cassis, hints of cranberry and some green flavors that take away from the overall experience of the wine. It's possible the wine has started to fade. This bottle seems to have lost some of its freshness. I plan on opening another bottle in the near future to see if it's the wine or the bottle that's started to fade.

      92 points - Tasted
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    9. This elegant, suave Bordeaux elixir is close to fully mature. Black fruit, earth, herbs, spices, tobacco, and chocolate kick the perfume off. The palate is treated to lush, opulent, ripe waves of flavor. Everything is in balance. The clean, rich, fruit filled finish is a treat to experience. I plan on finishing most of my bottles over the next decade.

      95 points - Tasted
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    10. This elegant, suave elixir is what the 83 used to be. Close to fully mature, black fruit, earth, herbs, spices and chocolate kick the perfume off. Everything is in balance. The palate is treated to very, lush, ripe waves of flavor. The clean finish is a treat to experience. Still going strong, I plan on finishing most of my bottles over the next decade.

      93 points - Tasted
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    11. Unlike most Pauillac's, the heavy percentage of Merlot makes this a very sophisticated, yet elegant wine. Gobs of cassis, black fruit and spices are easy to find. But for me, the real pleasure in Lalande is in the mouth feel. Close to fully mature, this wonderful Pauillac is all silk, velvet and satin in your mouth.

      94 points - Tasted
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    12. With a cassis laden perfume accented by notes of black fruit, truffle, wet earth and coffee, this is fun to taste. For me the personality of Lalande is best experienced in the mouth for its lush, rich style which is evident in the 89.

      94 points - Tasted
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    13. This was as sexy as any Left Bank wine I've ever tasted. This supple, velvety wine personifies elegance. It might be a matter of style, but more often than not, Lalande’s unique quality always wins me over.

      94 points - Tasted
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    14. The 89 continues improving each time I taste it. It seems to put on weight, density and become more complex every year. Cassis, wood and spices on the nose. This full bodied, lush, sensuous Bordeaux is very plummy with sweet, silky, black fruits and a sexy, opulent, finish.

      94 points - Tasted
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    15. Cassis, black fruit, plums, coffee and anise aromatics tease and please your nose while your palate looks forward to a full bodied, plush, lush experience completed by a long elegant finish.

      94 points - Tasted
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  21. 1988 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. My sole bottle donated in the name of science delivered a stern, austere, traditional wine that was more interesting due to its cigar box, tobacco, truffle, earth, blackberry, olive and herbal nose, than its medium bodied, cassis, cranberry and herb palate. There is no reason to age this wine any longer. Drink up.

      89 points - Tasted
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  22. 1986 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. Tobacco, cassis, cigar box, truffle, 5 Spice, olives and earthy scents introduce this brawny, old school, masculine styled wine. Robust and powerful, this brawny Pauillac will age for decades, but it's never go to become charming or offer the elegance found in other 80's vintages of Pichon Lalande like 82, 83, 85 or 89.

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. Big, beefy, brawny, steely and austere, this lacks Lalande's usual richness and charm The wine is hard in style. That being said, it has ample concentration, the fruit is ripe and the aromatics are there in force. The wine will continue improving, but at close to 23 years of age, this leopard is not changing its spots. 20 more years in the bottle is going to add to the aromatics, but it's always going to be in this style. Lovers of this style will undoubtedly find more to like in it than I did. Still young, it will continue aging for decades. Happily, I only have 2 bottles left. Again, this is not a bad wine. It is just not what I want in my Lalande.

      91 points - Tasted
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    3. Stylistically, the wine remains brawny displaying an austere personality. Dark in color with aromas of currants, black fruit, wood and damp forests, this wine offers a huge palate presence. This is a very big wine. But, as a matter of style, I prefer vintages like 82, 83, 85 & 89. 86 is a very good wine. However, it will never deliver the elegance I love in most vintages of Pichon Lalande

      93 points - Tasted
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    4. Branwny, steely and austere in style. This full bodied, tannic wine will always be on the hard side. This old school wine might appeal to others more than it did to me.

      92 points - Tasted
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  23. 1985 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. Ruby with lightening of color at the edge, smoke, truffle, tobacco, wet earth, ripe blackberry and plum scents lead to a fully mature, delicate, refined, silky style of Pichon Lalande. With a plush, velvet textured, elegant, black cherry finish, there is no reason to hold this any longer.

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. 1985 Pichon Lalande should be listed in the dictionary next to "pretty wine". It is not the most concentrated. Nor is it the most aromatic. But everything is just right. Soft, smooth, elegant and silky with tobacco, truffle, cassis, spice and earthy notes. The is fully mature. It will not improve and might slowly lose its fruit. But it drinks great today and that's what counts!

      92 points - Tasted
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  24. 1983 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. There was a time when this was one of my favorite go to Bordeaux wines. But over the years, the fruit has slowly started fading away. It's still nice, soft, elegant and supple, but it lacks the depth it showed a few years ago. Moral of the story, drink sooner than later.

      91 points - Tasted
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    2. With a color made the wine look 10-20 years older than its true age, the nose popped with tobacco, cigar box, earth, cherries, cedar and truffle notes. Silk and velvet on the palate, this medium bodied, sensuous Pauillac was showing great. But it looked, smelled and tasted much older than it was, which makes me think it requires consumption.

      92 points - Tasted
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    3. Over the past few years, the once, lush qualities have slowly faded. Still a pleasure, the wine is on the downward spiral and needs to be drunk up as it is only going to get worse from here.

      91 points - Tasted
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    4. Ruby colored, with some lightening at the edges, this serves a nose of cassis, spice, herbs, tobacco and forest floor aromas. The palate is soothed in an opulent bath of ripe, black fruit. But the wine seems to be lightening up and dropping fruit in the finish. I'd drink this sooner than later to get the most from it.

      91 points - Tasted
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  25. 1982 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. A riveting example of Pauillac at its best. Picture silky, decadent textures, pure, ripe, sultry, polished, silky berries, complex aromas of fruit, truffles, Cuban Cigars and earth and you get the idea. The long, sensuous finish is the best of the experience.

      98 points - Tasted
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    2. Showing a color with more bricking than it should, the aromatics offered intense scents of cedar wood, cassis, forest floor, tobacco and leafs. Silky, plush and polished, there are no hard edges to this sensuous expression of Pauillac. However, the wine was slightly more advanced than other bottles tasted recently.

      96 points - Tasted
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    3. 1982 Pichon Lalande remains the most consistent and stunning representative of the vintage. If you’re seeking opulent, sexy, lush, silky textures, complex aromas with truffles, forest floor, cassis, blackberry, olives and cigar box with a finish that lasts close to a minute, this is the wine to buy. From the day this majestic elixir was bottled, some tasters claimed it would not last. Not only has it lasted, it continues to improve.

      98 points - Tasted
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    4. Smoke, tobacco, cigar box, cassis, wet earth, truffle, spice and forest floor pop from the glass the moment the wine is poured. The real fireworks start with the luxurious, glycerin filled, sensuous, silk and velvet textures. Layers of opulent, polished perfectly ripe dark berries remain on your palate for close to 60 seconds. If you want to know why people spend big money on Bordeaux, this is the wine to experience.

      100 points - Tasted
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    5. This was not a perfect bottle. So, please do not think this is indicative of well stored examples. There were no visual clues that the wine would be less than stellar. In the nose, along with smoke, truffle, cassis, cedar and spice, red fruit aromas became apparent as well. Plush in texture, but lacking the richness and opulence found in better examples, the wine ended with a touch of tart flavors. Another example of only good bottles and no great wines.

      93 points - Tasted
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    6. The best bottles are showy, opulent and decadent. This bottle was close to the level found in the best bottles. Tobacco, plums, prunes, cedar, truffle and blackberry started off the perfume. In the mouth, wonderful layers of ripe, cassis, blackberry and black cherry fill your palate with textures akin to satin and silk. This elegant, polished, concentrated and intense wine is the thinking man’s sex bomb!

      97 points - Tasted
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    7. This round, soft, supple, opulent and plush Bordeaux wine is filled with sexy, ripe, spicy fruit. The powerful, complex nose gets you started, but the supple texture in the mouth is where the real pleasure is truly released. Interestingly, often when I taste wines from Bordeaux, they show much younger than they do in the states. But this bottle was at the same level of maturity as the 82 Pichon's from my cellar. No real hurry to drink it. This has remained at the same stellar level of maturity for the past several years.

      98 points - Tasted
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    8. This offered an explosive nose! Rich blackberry, black cherry, raspberry, truffles, cigar and herb notes. Big, powerful, concentrated, opulent and with great balance coupled with finesse.

      96 points - Tasted
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    9. The best bottles have delivered sublime tasting experiences. Luckily, this bottle delivered the goods. Ruby in color, the explosive nose of cassis, black fruit, olives, spice and truffle are a treat. But where this wine delivers the goods is on the palate. Lush, fat, sexy, opulent and flamboyant. Layer after layer of luscious juice with a silk laden finish lasting close to one minute! 82 Pichon Lalande is a contender for the most decadent Pauillac ever made! Well stored wines have another decade or two of evolution in their future.

      98 points - Tasted
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    10. Lush, opulent and sexy. Truffles, cigar box, cedar, sweet black fruit and spicy plums. Richly decadent with an opulent texture on the palate. The endless finish was seamless. The wine continued showing some improvement in the glass.

      97 points - Tasted
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    11. This incredibly rich, lush, sexy, mouth filling Bordeaux wine is hedonism in a glass. Black fruit, earth and spices start off the aromatic fireworks. But, the deep, layer after layer of opulent ripe fruit that coats your mouth is for me, the true hallmark of this magnificent wine. The seamless finish last close to a minute. When this wine shows well, it’s one of the great treats from Bordeaux and this bottle was rocking

      99 points - Tasted
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    12. Soy, graphite, olive tapanede, and cassis take over the controls of your senses. This bottle did not offer the usual parade of opulent textures. Slightly brawny for an 82 Pichon, this proves by 20 years of age, there are no great wines, just great bottles.

      96 points - Tasted
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    13. The ruby color sported some bricking, but one whiff of this complex perfume showed how great this wine truly is. Cassis, figs, coffee, coca powder, hot stones, tobacco & herbs explode from the glass. The palate where this wine really struts its stuff. Seamless taste sensations of juicy, ripe plums and blackberry liqueur coat every nook and cranny of your palate with multiple layers of dense, lush, silky fruit. Shared with dad for Fathers day.

      99 points - Tasted
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    14. Screaming notes of tobacco, coffee, cedar, black fruit, Asian spices and steel. This bottle was firing on all cylinders. Thick, lush, decadent, ripe fruit, filled every nook and cranny of your palate. Very seamless and elegant. Fully mature, but there is probably no rush to consume it. This is still a wow wine. For me, this style of wine is the quintessential Bordeaux marrying power with elegance. A real treat to taste.

      98 points - Tasted
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    15. The color was closer to ruby than dark red with slight lightening around the edges. The texture reminded me of dense, voluptuous, liquid silk. This was absolutely seamless! The aromatics showcased cassias, plums, smoke and a cornucopia of black & red fruits with a cedary component. This was a stellar bottle offering as much pleasure as you can get from a wine!

      98 points - Tasted
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  26. 1981 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. This fully mature, elegant Pauillac offers truffle, tobacco, earth, cassis, blackberry, spice and aked fruit aromas. Medium/full bodied, with all the tannins fully resolved, there is no reason to hold this any longer.

      90 points - Tasted
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  27. 1978 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. 1978 Pichon Lalande offered a herbaceous, tobacco, cigar box and spice aroma that led to a fully mature wine. Light in style, without much charm or fruit remaining, this wine should be opened sooner than later.

      86 points - Tasted
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    2. The nose offers cassis fruit, herbs, cigar box and earthy scents. Good weight and mouth feel with a medium body. The palate enjoys black cherry and dark chocolate notes. This is at, or slightly past it apogee.

      89 points - Tasted
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  28. 1975 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. This tea colored wine is filled with smoke, cigar box, tobacco leaf, cedar wood, olive and earthy scents. Medium bodied and starting to drop its fruit, this classic style of Pichon Lalande requires consumption sooner than later.

      88 points - Tasted
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    2. The tannin has melted away and the wine showed the textbook, elegant stylings the Chateau is known for. This is one of the better Medoc from a difficult year. It's worth seeking out in auctions as it usually sells for a song.

      90 points - Tasted
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  29. 1970 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. This fully mature wine offers tobacco, earth, truffle, spice, cassis, cedar, cigar and ash aromas. Medium bodied and lightly textured, this wine finishes with spicy cassis and strawberry flavors. This will not improve, Drink up.

      85 points - Tasted
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  30. 1961 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. The perfume offered tobacco, earth, truffle, smkoe, cassis and sweet cherry scents. Medium bodied and soft in texture, the wine finished with tart cherries and strawberry. Drink up as this was probably better several years ago. On the other hand, who wasn't better 50 years ago?

      91 points - Tasted
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  31. 1959 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. Light in color, with notes of ripe cherries, smoke, tobacco and earth, the wine was light and the soft finish was short. This is well past its prime. Drink up.

      89 points - Tasted
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  32. 1955 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

    1. This opens with a truffle laden, earthy, tobacco and spice perfume. This fully mature wine displays the special, unique patina of age, but with a slight rustic quality to the finish.

      87 points - Tasted
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