Time to Taste 2000 Bordeaux (R&D's): Dark crimson color with notes of clay, red and black currants, beef blood and roasted red bell pepper with herbal undertones. I am immediately thinking this is the Pichon Lalande which has always, for me, given a greenish, herbal quality that I just adore. Firm tannins with flavors of red and black fruit, warm spices, herbs and bay leaf. Finishes with great length, again well over a minute. Roasted bell pepper, earth and herb notes become stronger, balanced by an abundance of dark fruit. Balanced. 96+ pts.
I was fairly certain right from the start that this was the PLL and stuck to my guns as the wines were being unveiled...very glad I did.
I'm not sure that this wine has a great life ahead of it. The big fruit is starting to recede and leaves me wondering whether the secondary notes will kick in. Holding off on a score but slightly disappointed given the house and vintage.
HDH auction tasting at Tru; 5/15/2015-5/16/2015 (Chicago, IL): 15 years on, this is still just a baby. There is absolutely no reason to open this right now. Tightly wound, with immense structure from its tannins, acidity, and dense fruit. Fantastic ripe fruit balanced with herbaceousness. Very powerful and long, this certainly has a long life ahead of it.
In the right place, at the right time.... With 2 hours of decanting, this really came alive. A complex earthy, tobacco and fruit filled nose, silky textures and a long, lush finish really hits the spot.
Classic pauillac; blackcurrant, sweet dark fruit, wood, earth. Perfectly balanced w no harsh tannin and drinking well. 1 hour decant and drank over an hour. No X factor though. Did come alive more with a soft cheese though
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(Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande) From magnum - very dark, black tinged red violet color; appealing, herbs, thyme, tobacco nose; maturing, tart black fruit, herbs, salty dried plum, tobacco palate; medium-plus finish (50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot)
(Pichon Lalande) We snuck a 2000 Pichon Lalande into this flight of St. Juliens, and it was a 2000 Pichon Lalande, which had an elegant, sexy nose, so elegant with its flash of cassis perfume, nut, cinnamon, mineral and Asian spice aromas. Stu observed ‘licorice and anise’ while Wendy was on the ‘truffle’ train. The Pichon had pop to it, and Stu was smacking his lips accordingly. The Pichon absolutely exploded in the mouth; don’t try to take this wine through airport security, it was that explosive, which is unusual by Pichon’s usual standards. This was special stuff, and Mike chipped in ‘good green pepper’
(Pichon-Lalande) The Green Monster is not at Fenway Park, it is in retail stores and Bordeaux collector's cellars all over the world in the form of this wine. Will it go away? Only time will tell. But under the green is dazzling complexity and one of the great PL's of all time. The nose had of course green cabernet, but also minerality, perfume, cigar box, lead pencil, cocoa, chamomile tea (greenness?). Tannic but a solid core of dark fruits underneath. Long, ripe and epic on the finish. I mean really long. Fantastic and can only get better. We hope. The 2000 Pichon-Lalande odyseey continues.