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Community Tasting Notes (143) Avg Score: 92.0 points

  • Gorgeous, classic Paulliac nose showing refined red fruit, old leather, tobacco, cedar and dust. Lush dark fruit is prefaced by a distinguishing herbal overtone on entry. Dark fruit and secondary notes of leather, earth and graphite come through in the middle and carry into the finish, which is good but slightly clipped. This shows great elegance and finesse, with resolved tannins and youthful fruit. Drinking beautifully now; the youthful fruit being complimented by good integration. Excellent - Drink Now

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  • Probably the best showing I've had from the '88 PLL so far. This has it all. The fruit's still quite deep and rich, yet surrounded by layers of classic Pauillac lead pencil and cedar notes, mature dusty earthy and truffled flavours, and that signature PLL forestal/herbal green topnote, with the whole array of flavours conveyed with remarkable finesse and polish on a medium weight frame. This bottle still feels quite youthful with a little fine grained tannin still lingering on the back end, but wow, this is outstanding.

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  • Nice dark earthy appeal. Green pepper, lead pencil and black berries. Nice medium weight with good life and nicely integrated structure. Good finish. Still good life here, but in the window now.

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  • Stored in a cold cellar since release. High neck fill. Cork broke. Perfect condition. Full bodied maybe a little dense. Adequate length. Fully ready.
    Good example of Pauillac but lacks complexity. Typical of 1988. If properly stored drink to 2020.

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  • With a thick elk chop at Fig Tree. Medium garnet with slight browning at the edges, translucent. Pronounced complex aroma of cedar, tobacco, leather, meat, balanced with French oak. Quite viscous, slow "legs". Full but incredibly smooth on the palate, still with plenty of fruit, also showing black fruits with cedar and leather, a touch of licorice. The finish is slightly hot, surprisingly, but just keeps going on. This is about as good as Bordeaux can get, a very memorable wine. It's at its peak, so enjoy if you have some!

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  • By Richard Jennings
    6/19/2011, (See more on 90 points

    (Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande) Bricked dark red violet color; mature, roasted meat, beef jus, iodine nose; roasted fruit, smoky, tobacco, roasted meat palate; medium-plus finish


  • By Chris Kissack
    January 2005, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17 points

    (Chateau Pichon-Lalande Pauillac) It's stretching a point to list Mme Lencquesaing as winemaker, but do we really need an excuse to drink Pichon? Obviously much more mature than the other wines here. Mature aromas, meaty, inky, slightly vegetal. Seductive. Medium bodied, more vegetal-meaty fruit. Fully integrated, ready now, and very fine balance with it. Gorgeous.

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