OTBN 2015 - mini vertical of the 91, 92 and 97 vintages.
All three exhibited classic Pichon terroir characteristics - full elegant floral, dark blackberry and raspberry fruits, earthy leather and tobacco / tea leaf notes, while each showed vintage effects from the three disparate vintages.
Consistent with earlier tasting five years ago, the '91 vintage initially showed greater complexity, bigger floral, more concentrated fruit, and the most sophistication and balance of the three vintages. The next day, the '92 and '91 seemed to trade places, overtaking the 91 with greater concentration, structure and backbone, however the '91 retained the most polish and greatest balance.
Pichon's tend to be long lived and hang on much longer than one might expect, so don't rush to clear this out just yet.
Add me to the list of people surprised by this wine. My first 1991 Bordeaux. Classic Pichon nose of soft black and red fruit, lots of herbs and a slight green pepper note. Wonderfully fresh and silky on the palate. Perfect balance. What at treat.
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.
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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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