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Community Tasting Notes (333) Avg Score: 96.5 points

  • Dense and plummey with length.

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  • Stunning nose of roasted nuts, ripe black currants and opulent black minerals. A perfect bottle that shows a beautiful silky texture along with surprisingly full flavors of mature Pauillac including warm cassis, smooth black fruits, a touch of green olive and graphite minerals. The finish just oozes through with these delicious flavors along with softened tannins and complex notes of leathers, minerals and old wood. As impossible as this is to stop drinking, I think '82 PL peaked about 3-5 years ago atleast in a 750 bottle and should be drunk now to still experience the incredible fruit and flavors this amazing wine still puts forth. 96-

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  • Beautiful florid nose and body of plum/black cherry fruit with multilayered flavors leather, spice, and vanilla oak, excellent structure and balance, long finish, this gorgeous wine is at is best but may fade in next 5-10 years, a truly spectacular wine

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  • Boysenberry, marionberry, cardamom, clove, speck, bell pepper, black truffle mix is intoxicating. On the palate the fruit turns somewhat redder with earthy notes thrown in. Vibrant throughout the palate with a strong finish.

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  • Bottle ex-chateau, perfect condition. Living proof that there are no great wines, just great bottles. I be had this wine several times in the last twenty years and always regarded it as one of the top 3 1982s. Recent bottles showed that the wine is fading. Not this one! Tasted like a 15 year wine. Deep colour, stunning nose of tobacco and a finish that went on forever. If you find any bottles directly from the chateau buy them!

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  • By Richard Jennings
    12/12/2010, (See more on 95 points

    (Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande) Bricking medium dark red violet color; tobacco, leather, oregano, beef jus nose; tasty, velvety, mature, tobacco, leather, tart plum, tart black fruit palate, very appealing; medium-plus finish

Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    '24' in Bordeaux, 1/31/2010 96 points

    (Pichon Lalande) The 1982 Pichon Lalande was much more open, with hints of coffee in its nose and more gamy fruit. It was musky and husky, with hints of corn oil and sweet fruit. Signature nut and pencil were there, and the pencil really started to take over in the nose with some air. Flavors of cassis, green bean and olive were present in this tasty wine, with more pencil on its finish. It was lush, round and rich with great black fruit flavors, and its olive became blacker in style. Someone called it ‘reductive’ (96).

  • By Richard Jennings
    12/10/2008, (See more on 93 points

    (Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande) Bricking dark red violet color; tobacco and tart black fruit nose; black fruit, tobacco and espresso palate; medium-plus finish

Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    1982 Bordeaux Retrospective at Age 25, 5/20/2007 91 points

    (Pichon Lalande) The 1982 Pichon Lalande (sourced from Chateau) was a disappointing bottle of this wine to me despite its perfect provenance. Its nose was full of animal and horse aromas and a healthy dose of wood like the Las Cases, but way too much so. This was not consistent with the greatest examples of this wine that I have had. It had some signature olive there, but this green, woody pungency dominated the wine’s aromatics. The pungency carried over to the palate, which did have a smooth and supple finish that also had a little ‘pop’ to it. However, in the end, this bottle was way too oaky for me, even though its texture was a redeeming quality. I will reiterate that I have had much better bottles, but this came from the Chateau
  • By John Kapon
    Summer Tasting Group News, 8/22/2005 96 points

    (Pichon Lalande) was next and out of magnum. A quick debate ensued between Mike and Rob over the wine. Mike found it 'unusual' for 1982 Pichon, and Rob was talking about the magnum factor. I was definitely starting to feel it and missed taking a lot of notes on this wine, but I did find major structure here, and the wine was not as open as the usual '82 Pichon, so I guess they were both right. There was lots of spine and a spicy finish for this outstanding magnum of Lalande
  • By John Kapon
    Hanging with Mr. Parker and Mr. Squires in Baltimore and D.C, 2/21/2005 97 points

    (Pichon Lalande) again one of the better if not the best experience I have had of this wine. The nose was super sexy, 1982 Pichon Lalande as it ought to be. The Merlot shone though in its gorgeous, sexy and plummy fruit, which was soft and sensual with a touch of olives, lavender, caramel and tobacco. The palate was incredibly rich and fleshy, with similar flavors to its nose and a gritty finish that is right there with a pinch of green bean. It seems perfectly mature, but I guess that is where it has been for a long time according to many. It certainly got the .Miss Congeniality,. aka most drinkable award. Mark was cooing, .so sexy, so sweet,. and there was lots of .beautiful. and .gorgeous. going around, and they weren.t talking about Rudy and I, to be clear J

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  • By Lyle Fass
    9/28/2004, (See more on Rockss and Fruit...)

    (Pichon Lalande) A completely tertiary nose of grilled nuts and lots of truffles (white and black). Just crazy. There were also earth and mineral but those truffles were amazing. Great wine.

  • By Richard Jennings
    3/20/2003, (See more on 94 points

    (Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande) 1982 Bordeaux Tasting - 1st Growths & Super Seconds (Los Angeles, California): Earthy, animal skin, berry, licorice nose; still a little tight, earthy, cherry palate with sweet tannins; medium-plus finish

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