Flowers, spice, green pepper, cassis and fresh cherries kick off the perfume. The wine is ready to drink. And if you do pop a well stored example, be prepared for a silky, soft, polished, elegant and delicious wine with a sensuous, rich finish.
Decanted 3 liter bottle cellared from release. Cork extraction whole and flawless. Classic P-L berry-floral nose, with earthiness that faded to a subtle undertone after minutes in the glass. On the palate, plenty of fruit, soft tannins, perfect balance of acidity and roundness. Slight bricking at the edges of the glass. Not as voluptuous as in the early years, but what it gained in complexity rewarded the patience. Drinks more like a Paulliac-St. Julien than a straight-up Paulliac now.
Opened a 750ml bottle for Kathy, Joe, Charles and Stephanie at Flemings, completed saturated cork opened in two pieces, nose of cigar box, bell pepper, black cherry, plum, and fig fruit, more of the same on the palate, richer tasting and slightly bigger tasting wine than the 1982 Chateau Haut Batailley, medium/big body, delicious, good but not great complexity, mouth filling rich fruit, long, long finish.
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(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