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1986 Pichon Lalande Bordeaux Blend - France - Bordeaux - Pauillac - Red - Second Growth

France - Bordeaux - Pauillac

Red Bordeaux Blend - Second Growth
Producer Notes

Chateau Pichon Lalande, known as one of the greatest Bordeaux vineyards, has been maintained by the same family for more than 250 years. Located in Pauillac, it was deemed a Second Growth wine estate during Bordeaux Classification of 1855. Its location between the Gironde estuary and the Atlantic Ocean is ideal for growing grapes. These two masses of water help keep the air moving, which reduces... More »

Score
93
Drink Dates
Comm: 2008-2015 VF: 2006-2016
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Author Tj R
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 93.532%
Tasted On 12/07/2012

balanced , good fruit, nice acid, evolved over 2 hours

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Author timhongx2
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Tasted On 07/17/2011

Beautifully balanced. Drinking perfectly right now. Cedar, licorice,tobacco, earthy all backed by silky fruit. Everything was so well integrated.

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Author Scooter
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.87%
Tasted On 02/14/2011

Drinking beautifully with no sign of wearing out; smooth and delicious, but with still a twinge of tannic bite; long finish

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Author TJR1
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.506%
Tasted On 02/14/2011
Drink Dates 2011-2015

rich texture of earthiness. fruit is diminished but still great concentration. this is drinking well

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Author Danl
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.634%
Tasted On 12/01/2010

Fabulous Bordeaux at its prime. A real wine experience.

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Author gotwine
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 85.623%
Tasted On 05/21/2010
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Author RWG III
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98%
Tasted On 05/08/2010
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Author jchen5658
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Tasted On 02/13/2010
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Author hedben
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.368%
Tasted On 02/14/2010
Drink Dates 2010

cork questionable quality, wine good but beyond its peak,but maybe related to cork. Very soft.

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Author flavio
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.977%
Tasted On 01/23/2010
Drink Dates 2009+
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Author Ricknat1
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.332%
Tasted On 02/15/2009
Drink Dates 2008+

Much better than the previous full bottle. This is a very nice Pichon that is ready to drink now.

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Author pcad
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Tasted On 12/25/2008
This bottle was flawed

FLAWED

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Author Bill Bender
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 80%
Tasted On 10/13/2007

FLAWED

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Author NC
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.783%
Tasted On 11/08/2008
Drink Dates 2008-2015

One of the best Pichon Lalande's we have tasted. Full body, no tanan and at maturity and ready to enjoy.

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Author Brad Coelho
Site / Blog Unidentified Appellation Trust Rating 97.255%
Tasted On 06/18/2008
Drink Dates 04/01/2008

Just wait another 5 years. No, 10 years. How about 15? Keep waiting folks, this is the vintage that you?ll wait for until you die; and you know what? Even in death, you?ll never realize the false potential of this vintage because it simply won'tevolve. The wines, while good (and certainly some better than others, w/ a couple magical wonders in the mix), simply will never be coveted nor should they be. This particular bottle (I've heard conflicting stories on better performers of Pichon Lalande) hadn'tbudged one bit. Scents of matchstick, iron, modest cedar and sour cherries are monolithic, austere and utterly underwhelming on the palate. I am not going to apologize for it and suggest it will morph otherwise, considering it?s been 22 years already (bet you Barolo fans are shaking your heads at my commentary right now, but hey, gotta be a realist?can'tbring myself to encourage others to wait decades!), good but blah.

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Author Jenn
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 93.82%
Tasted On 03/11/2007

Opened & tasted from bottle--very tasty despite minor mildew aromas. Decanted half the bottle for 3.5 hours. Tasted every hour from bottle. Bad aromas gone. Enjoyed over two hours at dinner, both from decanter and bottle. Did not think the wine would be so good, since its "steambath" episode in the cellar 10 years ago.

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Author Daniel B
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.259%
Tasted On 09/01/2004
Drink Dates 2009+

Medium cherry red with slight lightening at the rim. Dusty cherry and earth in the nose. Crisp with nice acidity, moderate tannins, and a medium finish. Competent claret but still extremely disappointing. Still needs time ? give it at least another five years in the cellar.

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