Wow! Extremely aromatic wine with nose of lactic acid, rural/animal elements, seabuckthorn bushes, fresh sawdust and some green herbs(chervil and rosemary). Dominant taste of licorice, quality wood and cigar box and some green Cab Franc elements, but in a classy way. Excellent balance. Greatness in a bottle. This wine is ready to rock...
Dinner with Friends: Absolutely lovely. Big nose of tobacco, cedar and dark fruit. Silky tannins around cherry, tobacco, leather, and some olive. Great complexity. Finish was long Great wine and ran neck and neck with '98 Staglin. For me the Staglin was just in a better place, at least for right now since I think the Staglin has peaked where this might continue to develop.
Drank at La Cremallliere last nite for Pollack birthdays. Very generous nose of black fruit, cigar box and cedar. Tobacco aromas became more pronounced over time. Medium bodied with plenty of black fruit here (I didn't notice red fruit as many CT tasters have cited), along with lots of lead pencil, leather & tobacco notes. Tannins are softer, less intrusive than I expected. The wine shows great depth and complexity with a very long, wonderful finish. Extreme elegance & finesse here, with the copious, but balanced fruit level melding well with the still-developing tertiary elements noted. Very approachable tonite. Though I expected this wine to be far more tannic & grippy--which it was not, this wine's in a great place right now and I imagine will continue so for at least another 5-10 years. Luckily I have several bottles so I'll be able to follow its development.
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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) 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.