Lovely sweet fruit, hints of oak - deep and rich on the nose. Great attack, rich and broad, then a little spicy and mineral, grippy with a smooth long finish. What a wonderful wine - one of the very top ones on the left bank in 2011 for sure. 93-95+
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.
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(Château Pichon-Lalande (Pauillac)) This year the blend is Cabernet Sauvignon 78%, Merlot 8%, Cabernet Franc 12% and Petit Verdot 2%, and only 40% of the crop went into the grand vin. Alcohol 13%, acidity 3.36 g/l, IPT 75. Compared with the Réserve, tasted first, this is clearly several steps ahead; there is that classic exotic nuttiness and spice of young Pichon-Lalande, combined with fruit showing a sweet definition, but it is still obviously very primary. The palate is exactly what I want to see; an exact, elegant and supple composition, with a very polished backbone of fine-boned tannins. A lovely tension here. Overlaid are some increasingly perfumed fruit notes which do much to flesh out the midpalate. And there is fresh acidity too. Really an excellent effort here. And it is showing quite consistently, both at the château and at the UGC.
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