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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2008, IWC Issue #138, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac) Subscribe to see review text.



  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2009, (See more on Winedoctor...) 15.5-16. points

    (Chateau Pichon-Lalande Pauillac) A slightly sweet, toasty, marshmallow element to the nose here, with an element of cooked fruit here too. Rather leaner than expected on the palate, rather stony too. There is a nice substance, a slightly chewy-juicy feel, although it has rather a confected, sweet fruit character which is certainly less appealing. Quite firmly composed in terms of structure, and very dominated by tannins on the second taste. I find this tasting disappointing - I have previously been impressed by this wine at two years of age. What's happened here? Is this wine just having a bad day, or is it something more than that? In view of these concerns I returned to the wine later in the day, in order to taste from a fresh bottle. My opinion, however, was unchanged. I can only hope that this is an awkward moment for this wine, otherwise Bordeaux savants with cases of Pichon-Lalande in their cellar might well be disappointed. A conservative ranged score here.

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  • By John Kapon
    Bordeaux Horizontals, 5/11/2009 91 points

    (Pichon Lalande) We began with a disappointing 2005 Pichon Lalande. Its nose was lightly roasted and nutty with aromas of coffee. While elegant, the dryness of its tannins and acidity jumped out. There were lighter, nutty flavors of black tea present, but it did not have the depth I have come to expect for this reliable Chateau (91).


  • By Chris Kissack
    October 2007, (See more on Winedoctor...) 19+ points

    (Chateau Pichon-Lalande Pauillac) A beautifully pure, dense, summer fruit nose here, elegant, but showing vigour. This is a real delight on the palate; harmonious, elegant and composed, showing a lot of vigour, direction and elegance, There is a slight fleshiness to the texture, with fresh, lifting acidity and beautifully hidden tannins. This is very fine indeed and has superb potential.

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