Unfortunately this is fading more now. Was noticeably better 3yrs ago. Drink up this year, with 20-30min double-decant (then a 60min peak window where it will open up in the glass before fading). Still nice tertiary notes showing, but make sure not to leave in the decanter.
Decanted for about 1h in Ridgewood with friends. The cork was a pain to extract, and the ullage was just below the bottom of the neck, but I need not have worried. A lovely earthy bell pepper nose. On the palate cedar and mature red fruit. Smooth finish. A beautiful mature Bdx. Paired with ribeye and brussel sprouts. My favorite wine of the evening.
Clayfu's birthday (part 2) (Monterey Park, CA): A very convincing bottle of Pichon (they sure as hell don't make 'em like this anymore). The nose starts off in a classic Bordelais way, with the green pepper note especially dominant (though maybe that's because this is one of two non-Burgundies tonight). The main thing I picked up on the palate was the fantastic acidity, but there's plenty of those classic old-school Bordeaux characteristics in high concentrations to be found here.
True to the vintage. This is a very pretty, elegant wine, with a complex and alluring nose of dried flowers, earth, hints of redcurrant, and sweet spices. Almost transparent ruby, quite lightweight in the mouth, nice mouthfeel, good length. With air, the fruit darkens to cassis and gets a touch richer. This wine doesn't offer much in the way of power and intensity, but is plenty expressive and very far from austere. A Cab for Burgundy lovers.
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(Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande) Bricking, nearly opaque red violet color; mature, coffee, olive, brett nose; mature, green olive, very tart currant, sour cherry, green bean palate; medium-plus finish
(Chateau Pichon-Lalande Pauillac) Mature hue. Smoky, meaty, coffee-toffee nose. Ripe, intriguing, superb. What a seductive and sexy palate; luscious plumpness, with spice and fruitcake and chocolate-smothered plums. Ripe, full, and so drinkable. This is gorgeous - it has Pichon written all over it. Should drink well for another five or six years at least.
(Chateau Pichon-Lalande Pauillac) Another darkly coloured wine. A wonderful nose, which is intense and powerful, inviting one to taste. Aromas of dark fruit and minerals, with chocolate, mocha and even a touch of toffee. Powerful, rich and sweetly textured on the palate, but still with fine, crisp, mineral-edged fruit. Again, wonderfully balanced acidity. Fantastic stuff.
(Chateau Pichon-Lalande Pauillac) A moderately intense mahogany-purple hue. A superb, classic, smoky, pencil lead mature claret nose that sings Pichon-Lalande. The palate is fruit-laden, with toffee notes and a superbly textured, creamy body. The tannins are integrating and there is lovely, balanced acidity. Finishes beautifully, with length. Absolutely lovely wine.
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