A fine attack of red and back fruits, graphite, minerals and iodine. On the palate it is very poised, sumptuous and tannins are very refined. The ripe merlot shines through, but it has fine balancing acidity. This is most accessible and has not closed down. A fabulous wine from start to finish with more gravitas than the 2009. A notable and great success in this overlooked vintage.
Unnecessarily young, but a terrific and promising Bdx.
Intensely aerated for the full day. Nose is a tightly knit super-young Pauillac with red fruit. Palate is a wall of tannins with a finish of red berries and a fine streak of enlivening Brett. There is huge intensity here and the wine is still settling down. M-bodied with a tight structure and with an underlying richness that promises great things for the future.
Parker has said 94-96p but writing now 92p , and it is probably correct. Today it is not ready to be drunk. Gone to sleep ?. Dense, slightly acidic, even after 4 hours of aeration in the decanter. Should be spared many years in the cellar and will probably then be a wine that comes back at level 94-96p, but it is not there today.
Parker har tidligere sagt 94-96 men skriver nå 92, trolig riktig. I dag er den ikke klar for å drikkes. Gått i dvale. Tett, litt syrlig, selv etter 4 timers lufting i karaffel. Bør spares mange år i kjelleren fortsatt og vil nok da bli en vin som kommer tilbake på nivå 94-96, men den er ikke der i dag.
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(Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande) Very dark red violet color; rich, appealing, cassis, currant nose with herbal lift; tight, tart cassis, currant, cedar palate with depth, needs 7-plus years; medium-plus finish 92+ pts. (63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc)
(Chateau Pichon-Lalande (Pauillac)) A softer nose than the Pichon-Baron, a more feminine style I think, perhaps suggesting a more silky quality to the fruit. It does seem to come across a little hot on the nose though. Rather boldly structured on the palate as well, the wine presenting a really hard outer shell to penetrate here. There are some interesting elements of perfume to it but they seem hidden behind a sooty structure and a big wall of tannin at the moment. It does seem rather austere for the chateau on the palate in contrast to the seductive elements found on the nose. I don't find this as convincing as I did en primeur when I thought it showed very well. It may just not be showing so well today; I will leave a note of uncertainty in my score and I will reassess in the future.
(Chateau Pichon-Lalande Pauillac) Harvest here began on September 29th, and the wine is 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Dense and perfumed aromas here, evocative, suggestive of dark, almost crystalline cherry fruit. Pure and elegant to start, linear and softly perfumed, clearly very primary but will substance and an elegant, supple composition. An impressive wine with good extract and balance.
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