February 26, 2020 - This 1990 Pichon is drinking beautifully, with still bright red color, leather, wet forest, truffle, mushroom teitiary aromas. On the taste, it very much that the nose. Very approachable and with tannin integrated, it’s very enjoyable. Hope to have this more often
January 6, 2020 - 1990 Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (Pauillac Bordeaux) Leather and cassis nose, rich round mature flavour curve with surprisingly soft, well integrated tannins. Very elegant wine...like a Bordeaux on Botox trying to become a big Burgundy.
January 2, 2020 - Notes from 2 bottles over 2 consecutive evenings, both decanted for 2 hours in advance. Deep purple-red looking at least 10 years younger than its age. Nose is quiet but a pitch-perfect in-tune orchestra of all the classic Pauillac notes... all very linear and precisely delineated. Palate is gosh... so clean, pure and linear. Too many star anise, etc. layers to identify. Silence creating... this is in Lafite territory. Quiet, understated - not shouty - very resonant and reverberant on the palate and inside the head on the really long finish. This is really gorgeous and my kind of lean, angular high cheekboned classic Pauillac. I love it. This has 2 decades ahead of it and I have updated the CT website drinking window accordingly. On the first night it totally blew a Cos D'Estournel 2002 out of the water but on the second night it was significantly outclassed by a Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 which shared many characteristics but was more 'Bordeaux' at a higher level, surprisingly. Overall, 94+
December 30, 2019 - Still holding up - colour still quite youthful red, with only a little browning at the rim. Decanted for 30 mins, very light sediment. Nose open straight-away, classic left-bank, cedar, some plum. Some tannin and structure left, enough to make this much more than just an old bottle for interest. Very silky, voluptuous wine with good balance and a great match with côte du boeuf. Drink or hold.
November 22, 2019 - Chateau Pichon Lalande-1986, 1988, 1989, and1990 (Yan's China Bistro, Walnut Creek, Ca.): Nose of black berry pie with hint of vanill, cigar box, black currants, and plum, no bell pepper, same on the palate, at its peak, medium/big body, very tasty, elegant, at its best today, and a long, flavorful finish.
October 16, 2019 - At a Commanderie BYO event. Lots of great wines on the table on this evening. Nice opportunity to try this wine, its been a ferw years sine last tasting
From prior tasting:"Purple/red color, no signs of separation. Nose red fruits, currant, leather, mild barnyard, graphite. Elegant, silky palate of red fruits, blackcurrant, spices. Tannins are fined, smooth. Really elegant throughout..."
Slightly less forward on this tasting. Fruits a bit more faded but still very nice, dusted red fruits, cedar, graphite all there. Still drinking well, in a great spot but might drink up over next 5 years
September 15, 2019 - The third wine of 14 vintages of PL back to ‘61 courtesy of Mark Golodetz. A pleasant drink showing full maturity and lovely notes of faded black fruits and truffles with a smooth finish that lacks much complexity. There were quite a few off-vintages that trumped this wine so I guess Parker was right about it early on.
August 27, 2019 - Given the vintage and Chateau I was expecting much more than this wine delivered. Still, faultless wine and enjoyable drinking.
August 8, 2019 - From 375. Very reliable source, good condition bottle at a wine bar/restaurant. No signs it was corked, just not very good overall. Refrained from scoring but would assign an especially low score given the fact that we didn't want to finish the glass :(
Avoid this one at all costs!
July 24, 2019 - Decanted briefly and back into the btl for trip downtown. Pull cork not long after arrival at venue. Likely needed a bit more air as this came on near the end. My btl at recent Capital grill BDX dinner. Elegance with plenty of lead pencil, dark fruit, tobacco and splendid earthiness. In the context of a stellar group of table mates this took a back seat to the killer '83 Montrose and several Ducru vintages from 55,70 & 89. This was really only competitive with the 95 Ducru and the 83/99 Leoville poyferres. On its own I might have loved it more. Felt a little fat tonight. 93+