It represents a return to the velvety-textured, rich, sexy style most readers would associate with Pichon Lalande. This blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon and 36% Merlot no Petit Verdot was included in the final blend exhibits a dense purple color as well as abundant aromas of chocolate, coffee, cedar, black currants, and a subtle touch of smoke, a rich, savory, full-bodied mouthfeel, plump, fleshy fruit, and a superb finish. This is a 21st century version of the brilliant 1996
For the price paid the only positive was it showed lots of life left given the tannic structure. But I was not impressed by its nose - reticent; fruit - stewed; complexity - uninteresting; balance - too tannic. Not a classic and not what I wanted in an 11 year Pauillac from a reputable Chateau.
Decanted for 90 minutes. The nose was dominated by barnyard/funk for the first hour, combined with earth and soil. Even after the funk faded a bit, the nose did not show a lot of fruit. Frankly, the nose was not particularly appealing.
In the mouth, this wine was beautiful. Sweet dark fruit, lush and chewy. Tannins were soft and matched up well with the fruit. The finish was long and complex. As the night went on, this got better and better, with layers of flavors on display.
More evolved in colour than 2001 and 2004. Ripe fruit on the nose, quite opulent, sweet tobacco, cigar box, spices. Pretty well balanced on the palate, a little simple, but with good fruit, nice acidity and good length. Just a little drying towards the finish. Drink soon. 89-91
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(Chateau Pichon-Lalande Pauillac) A great nose here, of intense, dark fruits swirled with raspberry compote, tinged with cashew nuts. But it is seductive and restrained rather than slutty. Lovely, creamy, raspberry scented fruit, fine elegance and texture. Beautifully structured, supple and well put together. Nut and toffee influenced finish. In parts, quite gorgeous. A success!
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