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2003 Pichon Lalande Bordeaux Blend - France - Bordeaux - Pauillac - Red - Second Growth

France - Bordeaux - Pauillac

Red Bordeaux Blend - Second Growth
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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
92
JR 16.5
IWC 93
WA 95
WS 93
Drink Dates
Comm: 2009-2024 WA: 2006-2026 WS: 2011+
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IWC 93
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 126

($100-$125) Good deep red. Flamboyantly expressive aromas of raspberry, currant, earth, smoked meat, chocolate and pepper. Fat, full and voluptuous yet somehow light on its feet. This has a texture of liquid velvet. Wonderfully opulent wine with considerable inner-palate flavor complexity: raspberry, game, leather, mocha and chocolate. Finishes with very fine-grained tannins that coat the entire palate. A wonderful success for the year, and a wine that can be enjoyed already, even if its sheer material promises 15 to 20 years of life in bottle.

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JR 16.5
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 2008-2013

Really quite pale though still some blue in there. Indistinct nose – the lightest hint of lilies. Lively, delicate, some top quality oak in evidence in the lightest possible form. Quite racy with lots of energy. Pretty light tannins – I wonder if they deliberately fined some of these out? Quite a pretty drink but certainly not rich and not obviously the product of a hot vintage. A very particular style.

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WA 95
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 164
Drink Dates 2006-2026

The brilliant, opulent, fleshy 2003 Pichon Lalande (65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot) possesses a high pH of 3.8 as well as 13% alcohol. Reminiscent of the 1982 Pichon Lalande (which never shut down and continues to go from strength to strength), the dense plum/purple-colored 2003 offers gorgeous aromas of blackberries, plum liqueur, sweet cherries, smoke, and melted licorice. Fleshy, full-bodied, and intense, displaying a seamless integration of wood, acidity, tannin, and alcohol, this beauty can be drunk now or cellared for 20 years or more.

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WS 93
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2011+

Very pretty aromas of plum, blackberry, chocolate, espresso and cherry follow through to a full-bodied palate, with ultrasilky tannins, refined fruit and a long, caressing finish. This is fine and refined with a wonderful texture. Not quite the 2000, but excellent. 18,330 cases made.

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Author Charles Funk
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 91.667%
Tasted On 03/02/2013
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Author fabioota
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.737%
Tasted On 07/14/2011
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Author WineRyan
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Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.771%
Tasted On 11/18/2009

Great nose of dirt, sweet cherry and blueberry. A bit tart on palate, nice fruit, light tannin. Sour cherry, medium length finish.

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Author Miguel L
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Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 07/10/2009
Drink Dates 2009-2024

This is beautiful! Bought and held nearly 2 years. Decanted 2 hours, and is opening bigger and bigger. Gorgeous aromas, deep dark blackberry, long leaf tobacco, milk chocolate, and cassis. Generous mouth feel and a good balance of acidity & lovely tannins that are still resolving. Slight catch in the throat reveals a little heat, but all is well and very long on the mouth-watering finish. Nearly there, but can't fault anyone for dipping in now. Grill a great steak and you'll have a great night.

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Author Brad Coelho
Site / Blog Unidentified Appellation Trust Rating 97.154%
Tasted On 06/18/2008
Drink Dates 04/01/2008

Lightest color in the first flight of 5, exhibiting a more ruby shade. Promising nose of fig paste, meat, underbrush, green olive and a touch of cranberry. While there was a broad spectrum of subtle nuance in the nose, the palate was more than full w/ big time body and a boat-load of tannin. Chunky texture lead to a powerful finish which left a lovely rose petal note to linger nicely. At this moment in the game, the fruit is very un-delineated and speaks much more softly than the tannin. Assuming it's closing down a bit, 7-8 years down the road she'll certainly merit more pleasure, and a higher score.

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