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+
June 7, 2019 - I'm not sure this is the wine of a lifetime or has any suggestion of once being that but I do recall my last tasting note -- when I said that if I was on an island, this would be the wine I could drink for the rest of my life. I might feel the same way now but let me offer another context. If my local bar offered this as their house wine, I would stop by every day for a glass or two after work. It's that good 29 years after.
Unfortunately I have the memory of my prior tasting stuck in my head. These notes reflect a somewhat narrower taste profile, a bit thinner in the mid-palate but remaining quite balanced and full. What stands out is a long, sweet finish that is more than sufficient to offset any deficiencies noted earlier.
This wine had very little sediment on decanting. No foul notes in the aroma. A clear, beautiful, near perfect color profile. And absolutely no tannins or distractions as the wine swirls in your mouth. Earlier in the evening, I had pegged this wine at 90 but I am revising my score upward to 92 the more I think about it. Beautiful!
May 14, 2019 - Day of the Goat: A Pichon Lalande Fractured Vertical (Leo & Cheryl's Place, Mpls, MN): Very dark red color. Splash decanted for 15 minutes. Drank a glass over 2hours plus. Spellbinding and seamless, this is wonderful. Nearly perfectly integrated this has the depth and finesse of a hypothetical blend of the 83 and 85. Silky and caressing on the palate with a glorious perfume of potpourri, cassis, wild raspberry, leather, damp earth, pencil, and fine cigar. This is beatifully balanced and supremely elegant and long. Great fuit, structure and polish. One of my all time favorite Pichons.
May 11, 2019 - From 75cl, perfect provenance. Aged cork extracted with some difficulty but in one piece. On opening: Closed down tight, so decanted 2 hours. Looks like a 10 year old - barely any orange-brown in sight. Intense forest floor, cedar and dried spice/star anise scent; complacent, full-bodied, hot-year entry with more cedar, raw leather, non-descript dark-red fruit; drier towards mid-palate; hot, unexpectedly tannic finish. Blind I would have guessed 2003 left bank classified growth, po-faced, over-extracted and perhaps prematurely aged, perhaps a St. Juilen I don't know or just maybe Lynch Bages? No hurry given good storage, and if you like hot-year southern Rhône more than I do, then you might well rate this a few points higher than the (89-)90P I have in my glass tonight.
April 16, 2019 - Bell pepper and pencil shavings, red fruits, plums, cranberry. silky, long finish, drink now in a great spot
April 13, 2019 - In its optimal window right now. Great aromatics. Paired so well with pheasant and Moroccan spice cream sauce. Loads of bright red cherry, perfectly resolved tannins and wood. Thanks so much to Jim Aronson for bringing this to the table tonight.
April 7, 2019 - Reruns - The Wine Event: Corked :(