What a different bottle. 2nd bottle of the '91 Pichon that I've had. While the first bottle felt light and had some unpleasant green notes, this bottle was what I hoped for. Slow ox over about 2-3 hours. About an hour in this win had a wonderful richness and depth. Very Pichon and I wouldn't have guessed it was from an "off" vintage (personally I very much enjoy the '91s). Not a stunner, but definitely a winner.
Very expressive and beautiful nose. Rose petals, dark cherry, truffle. Unfortunately the wine itself was extremely thin on the palate, almost watery. Double decanted two hours before pouring. It did put on weight as the evening progressed and went well with the food.
To avoid the 91 Lalande is a mistake. It is a fabulous wine, maybe a little bit less profound than most of its siblings, but of tremendous tastiness. My impression is that it is not better but more palatable than the 82 I drunk in 2010. And there is also a large price difference to that and to other vintages. Don`t be anxious, 91 is a top-notch success - now and in 5 years for sure.
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(Chateau Pichon-Lalande Pauillac) Here's a beautifully coloured dark, mahogany red wine, with a nose redolent of smoke, cedar, pencil-lead - a classic Pauillac nose. The palate is elegant and structured, with wonderful tannins, balanced acidity, and superbly restrained berry fruit. This is brilliant stuff, with great quality and character of fruit.
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