2004 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • Pauillac

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  • liber Likes this wine: 89 points

    March 21, 2019 - Chez Sh, opened 30 minutes, perfect cork and level - dark, not dense ruby, little development; mineral, graphite, tobacco, muted black fruit, slightly smokey, quite classy; medium, ok length and persistence, angular, not enough fruit to cover tannins (surely not?), lacking grip for PL, not come together and I'm not sure it will, some class and complexity though, one of the least convincing PLs I've drunk. Poor for PL but VG+ (16.5) in greater scheme of things.....wouldn't write it off as there are good elements and may just be a dumb phase but I'm not a buyer!

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  • Mark1npt commented:

    3/22/19, 6:21 AM - Interesting take. It's one of those in between years. The '05 initially was thought to be like this, but it has come around ,IMO.

  • liber commented:

    3/22/19, 7:30 AM - Mark - as you say, a middling vintage but given the profitability of chateaux in this period and the severe selection for the grand vin in the top ones, I'd have expected better,, there was nothing of the silky quality of the fruit I'd usually expect from PL (eg 79, 81 and 94 at a similar age were much more persuasive!). Your observation on the 05 is interesting and I guess to be expected. i'm keeping mine locked away for a few more years to give the secondary flavours a chance to develop. Best, Liber

  • Mark1npt commented:

    3/22/19, 1:01 PM - liber....I've been abit taken aback at the widespread variability in Chateau of BDX. For instance, not everybody had a good '00 or '05, or '09. There always seems to be a few outliers in BDX that don't follow the rest of the Chateaux. While '05 was a blockbuster year for many Chateau, PL was considered a bit of a disappointment, not scoring well at all. I tasted it at lunch at PL in Sept of '17 and immediately bought a 6 bottle case. It was clearly the best wine of the 6 vintages we were served. I'm getting ready to try one now as it's almost 2 years later. I'm really looking forward to it. Just got back from S Africa where we visited Glenelly. Lady Mae used to own PL and we blind tasted some PL back to '84. It was all quite good! Cheers! Mark

  • liber commented:

    3/25/19, 8:19 AM - Mark - regrettably, 'twas ever thus. more exceptional are those who seem to produce the goods year in, year out...…...honourable mention to GPL, Leoville Barton, LLC, Palmer, Latour, La Mission and Haut-Brion and latterly Montrose and Chevalier. As recently as the 60s and 70s Lafite and Margaux would produce rubbish and don't get me started on the undrinkable right bank wines of that era. Caveat emptor I suppose! Best, Liber

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