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 Vintage1989 Label 1 of 208 
ProducerChâteau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2001 and 2016 (based on 84 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Pichon Lalande on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93.2 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 386 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by nc99 on 7/17/2015 & rated 93 points: Popped and decanted for a quick 20 minutes. The nose had leather, cassis, herbs and wet forest floor. It is drinking in its prime window with at least 5 more years in this window if the condition is good. The wine kept changing in the glass with the palate giving me a smoothe and round finish. This is a fine example of a mature second growth. I would drink this now, but it has at least 10 years life ahead. (776 views)
 Tasted by mjdixon on 7/16/2015 & rated 95 points: Probably my favorite wine - everything I want from an older Pauillac.
I leave for about two hours in a decanter - or carafe as they tell me in Bordeaux - and the rest is pure pleasure. (781 views)
 Tasted by conviction buy on 7/2/2015 & rated 93 points: Slowly decanted in bt, garnet with rim in brick red. Nose of leather, cassis and autumn leaves. Vibrant in mouth offering good structure and very fine balance of acidity, tannin resolving, black fruits, long lasting aroma, many 80s wines are in their prime drinking windows, this too but shall hold. (1151 views)
 Tasted by AllRed on 6/13/2015 & rated 93 points: Time to Taste 2000 Bordeaux (R&D's): Double decanted quickly off its sediment and rebottled before being poured with dinner three hours later. Terrific roasted herb, red fruit and tobacco aromas. Flavors of red fruit and tobacco. Cedar, leather and forest floor notes emerge with a little more air. Nicely balanced and ready to go but will hold for a while. (1484 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 5/28/2015: Bonhams Pre-Auction Tasting (San Francisco): Light ruby, some browning. Herbaceous and elegant with some lovely fruit in the background. Fully mature but hardly profound at this point. (1743 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 5/28/2015 & rated 93 points: Bonhams Pre-Auction Tasting (Bonham's - San Francisco, CA): Tasting, brief note. Lots of ripe fruit throughout with fun, intense spice. Fresh black cherries for the vintage with good length and elegance. Good now, but still easily cellarworthy. (2190 views)
 Tasted by DrinkBordeaux on 5/23/2015 & rated 95 points: Good fill level. Very nice color, with a deep ruby and some lightening at the edges. Decanted for a total of 2 hours, but this was not necessary. This was strong right out of the gate. Blackcurrant, cedar, leather, lavender, pencil, and Asian spices. Full-bodied and solid on the palate from start to finish. Fine integrated tannins, no bitterness. Moderate acidity. Lengthy finish. This was a beautiful bottle of wine that was just singing tonight. It is so obviously in its drinking window, because I just can't imagine better balance than it already has. (1498 views)
 Tasted by jdlee1232 on 5/14/2015 & rated 92 points: Still showing well -- earth, leather, grass, roses (1795 views)
 Tasted by Goldstone on 5/9/2015 & rated 95 points: Decanted for 4 hours before serving. Glorious ruby deep rich jewel brightness semi- transparent. Nose is glorious damp earth, cedar, damp autumnal bracken. Fully open and singing. Palate is succulent semi-confit blackberry and black currant, lots of cassis, opulent, hedonistic, multi-layered, almost a meaty gravy element to it. Totally open but years ahead of it. Heady, rich, reverberant, great length. A slightly astringent element of black tar right on the finale shows it has the tannic backbone to go for a long long time. Fantastic but just not quite top league (yet) but could get there. (1586 views)
 Tasted by paulst on 4/26/2015 & rated 94 points: Leather and cedar; blackberry; still tannic and young; deep and rich. (1822 views)
 Tasted by MEKWINE on 3/27/2015 & rated 86 points: Full-bodied and monolithic. gravelly middle palate. (2218 views)
 Tasted by Ex-Ray on 3/24/2015 & rated 97 points: A near-perfect wine, perfectly ready. Still dark and opaque, with slight browning at the edges. Gorgeous, powerful, complex aromas of cedar, cassis, leather, with just a hint of herbs; still plenty of fruit, dar and rich, builds on the palate, very slightly hot; nicely balanced with only slight tannin. Very long lingering aftertaste. Amazing that it's still this outstanding after 26 years! Unfortunately, our last bottle of this vintage. Still fantastic five hours after opening and decanting it. This wine is fully mature, can still go several more years, but no reason to wait.
Addendum: still some left the following evening...hasn't declined since last night! This bodes well for its longevity. Tasted with a freshly opened '88 Lynch Bages, also a Pauillac, almost as good but not quite. (2304 views)
 Tasted by vinolovers on 3/21/2015 & rated 93 points: This bottle was still somewhat chilled when poured which affected what was tasted. Poured to a garnet coloring with just a hint of bricking on the rim. The aroma / flavor profile included cassis, currants, cedar, tobacco and a bit of spiciness. The tannins still lurked underneath, but the wine was wonderfully smooth and harmonious. (1202 views)
 Tasted by paulst on 2/15/2015 & rated 94 points: Light nose; integrated; textured; sweet blackberry finish. (2661 views)
 Tasted by aagrawal on 1/29/2015 & rated 93 points: Joel's Birthday Party (The Palace, Mission, SF): Double decanted. Color is a medium garnet with bricking appropriate for age; nose with subtle complexity of mint, bell pepper, then blackberries; palate is full bodied, well integrated tannins, perfect structure, elegant plush mouthfeel, fresh acidity throughout, flavors are a combination of light to medium black fruits combined with slight green vegetal, pleasing but also a bit subtle; finish is medium length and clean, refreshing, with some residual fruit. Overall this shows the balance and mouthfeel that I expect from a Pichon Lalande with a nice expressive nose and balanced palate, but the fruit is a bit thin through the palate and the complexity is only moderate on the nose. An interesting wine recognizable in its own style (plush elegant mouthfeel being its best trait) with some interesting characteristics, but falls short of world-class. Based on the fruit showing today, drink up within the next few years. 92-93
Update: 2-3 hours slow-ox and retasted at dinner, and now showing more classic early maturity bordeaux with more intensity on the nose and palate. Solid 93+ with room to last.
Day 2: fading and a bit oxidized today. Not as good today. (2920 views)
 Tasted by Evan Dawson on 1/3/2015 & rated 96 points: Quite simply everything that great Bordeaux at age 25 should be, and with a tad more intensity of aromatic and flavor, it would rate even higher. (3217 views)
 Tasted by Lipsman on 1/1/2015 & rated 96 points: Utterly elegant. Deep and complex flavors that unfold on the palate lasting over a minute. Delightful. (2696 views)
 Tasted by canan on 12/29/2014 flawed bottle: Showed some pedigree but was not able to get past the cork taint. (2712 views)
 Tasted by rosenst1 on 12/28/2014 & rated 92 points: Took to dinner w friends. Decanted then poured. Lovely medium red color. Sweet nose of classic Bordeaux notes though more on the fruit than lead pencil, etc., end of the spectrum; clean finish with little tannins to resolve. This was a lovely bottle of a wine that seems fully mature, very good, but not astounding. It was better aromatically than an '89 Lynch Bages served in parallel but did not have the depth of the Lynch which seems to need a few more years. (2235 views)
 Tasted by skifree on 12/22/2014 & rated 93 points: Shared with Lee (Atlantean) at Il Terrazzo Carmine. Seemed to me like it was at its peak. So much cassis, mineral, some pepper, very lush. Decanted an hour and then enjoyed over the next several along with the wonderful Terrazzo creations. (2195 views)
 Tasted by Ex-Ray on 12/16/2014 & rated 95 points: At its peak, and wonderful! Very slight browning at the edges, otherwise brick-colored and mostly opaque. Pronounced complex aromas of leather, cedar, tobacco, cassis, beautifully blended, stayed prominent for three hours until consumed. Medium-full body, perfectly balanced, with great elegance and complexity. I don't think it will get any better or last many more years, so best to enjoy while it's at its best!
Ric (2058 views)
 Tasted by Stevere on 12/4/2014 & rated 96 points: Finally drinking beautifully after 25 years. Powerful nose leads to intense flavors of cassis, black currents, pencil lead, and a bit of earth. Flavor lasts 60 seconds. Peaking now through 2019. (2141 views)
 Tasted by Collector1855 on 11/26/2014 & rated 95 points: Chateau Pichon Lalande Dinner with Nicolas Glumineau (Commanderie de Bordeaux, Singapore): From Magnum. Medium-dark garnet. Nose of dark and red fruit with cigar box, spices and earth. Medium bodied palate with great balance and complexity. This is a bit lighter and preciser than the 86, also a bit more sappy. A very good Pauillac. (2340 views)
 Tasted by jlgnml on 11/19/2014 & rated 96 points: IWFSC Board of Governors Luncheon (Cyrano's Farm Kitchen Chicago,IL): Wonderful feminism nose, soft, good long finish,good fipull mouthful. Delicious out of magnum. (2553 views)
 Tasted by Steve Hutto on 11/16/2014 & rated 95 points: Decanted for 2 hours. Classic Pichon Lalande. Still very youthful and I will wait another 5 years at least before I open another one. (2269 views)
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By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jul/Aug 2012, Issue #40, The Annual Champagne and Sparkling Wine Report
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By Julia Harding, MW
JancisRobinson.com (6/17/2010)
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The World of Fine Wine, March 2009, Issue #23
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2002, IWC Issue #103
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (6/28/2002)
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (11/9/2014)
(Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande) Bricking dark red violet color; mature, brett, tobacco, cedar, tart red currant nose; silky textured, mature, tobacco, tart red currant, cedar, brett, tart raspberry palate with firm tannins and medium acidity; medium-plus finish 91+ points  91 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (3/30/2013)
(Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande) Bricking very dark red violet color; tart plum, roasted plum, coffee nose; mature, tart currant, tart plum, mineral, olive, coffee palate; medium-plus finish  93 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (5/14/2011)
(Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande) Bricking medium dark red violet color; brett, mature, mushroom nose; quite mature, brett, mushroom, plum palate; medium-plus finish  90 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (12/12/2010)
(Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande) Slight bricking medium dark red violet color; tart black fruit, tart plum, inky nose; tasty, rich, tart plum, tart black fruit, tart berry palate, quite delicious and youthful; medium-plus finish  95 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (8/8/2009)
(Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande) Dark red violet color with pale meniscus; lovely, mushroom, truffle, tart cassis nose; tasty, tart cassis, roast coffee palate, quite youthful; long finish  93 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (7/10/2009)
(Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande) Dark red violet color with pale meniscus; mature, shitake mushroom, pencil lead, graphite nose; tasty, tobacco, tart cassis and red fruit palate with medium acidity; medium finish 92+ pts.  92 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (11/16/2007)
(Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande) Dark garnet red color; dried mushroom, tobacco and leather nose; youthful, cassis, raspberry and mushroom palate; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.  93 points
By Lyle Fass
Rockss and Fruit (10/10/2007)
(Chateau Pichon Lalande) This was lovely. Wild and bretty and herbal like great Pichon is with good concentration, ripe and sweet tannins and nice palate presence. Lovely wine. Not earthshattering but very nice.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (6/5/2004)
(Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande) Dusty, meaty nose; big, ripe cassis, pepper, meaty palate; medium-plus savory finish 94+ pts.  94 points
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Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.


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Vins du Médoc (Conseil des Vins du Médoc) - Read More about the Medoc
The eight precisely defined appellations of the whole of the Médoc (from Blanquefort Brook to the north of the Bordeaux built-up area, almost to the Pointe de Grave) may claim the Médoc appellation. But there is also a specific territory in the north of the peninsula which produces exclusively wines with this appellation. In the great majority, the Médocs come from the north of the peninsula. The great individuality of this region is that the number of vines has increased more recently here than elsewhere, apart from a few isolated spots where vines have grown for many years. Today, the size of the small estate has brought about the development of a powerful co-operative movement. Four co-operatives out of five belong to the group called Unimédoc which ensures aging, bottling and marketing a large proportion of their wines.


Read more detailed information about Pauillac Looking full onto the river from the earliest days, with an important port activity, traces of which go back to ancient times (shipment of bronze as long ago as 2000 B.C.), Pauillac's life has always been intimately linked to the history of wine. Although port activities were at the root of its prosperity, Pauillac had to wait until the eighteenth century when Bordeaux ceased to hold its privileged position to become a wine port. The town then became the natural outlet for the wine production of neighbouring cantons before reaching its zenith in a period when the vineyards were exceptionally prosperous.

The characteristic of the Pauillac terroir is its exceptional relief: the many undulating ridges make it unique morphologically speaking. Highly favourable conditions facilitate the dissection of the layer of gravel. This thin, Garonne gravel from whose very poverty springs great richness, has an extremely effective natural drainage.

With their velvet red colour with a hint of amber, the wines from the Pauillac appellation, full-bodied and rich in tannin, are vigorous. Powerful when young, their aromas of red fruits (black-currant, raspberry) or flowers (violets, roses, irises) melt with the passing of time into a bouquet which is long in the mouth.
Rich and complex, the wines of Pauillac deserve to be laid down for a little longer.

Production conditions (Decree dated November 14, 1936)

In order to have the right to the Pauillac appellation of controlled origin, red wines must:
- come from the commune of Pauillac and from precisely defined parcels in the communes of Cissac, Saint-Julien, Saint-Estèphe and Saint-Sauveur, "excluding the parcels situated on recent alluvium and sand on impermeable subsoils",
- satisfy precise production conditions : grape-varieties (Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet-Franc, Carmenère, Merlot Noir, Petit Verdot, Cot or Malbec), minimum of sugar (178 grammes - 6.27 oz. - per litre of must) degree (an acquired 10°5) base yield (45 hectolitres per hectare).

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