1986 Pichon Lalande 750ml

France - Bordeaux - Pauillac | Second Growth/ Red / Bordeaux Blend
1986 Pichon Lalande
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Wine Advocate | 96

The 1986 is the most tannic, as well as the largest-framed Pichon-Lalande in over three decades. Whether it will ultimately eclipse the 1982 is doubtful, but it will be longer-lived. Dark ruby/purple, with a tight yet profound bouquet of cedar, blackcurrants, spicy oak, and minerals, this full-bodied, deeply concentrated, exceptionally well-balanced wine is, atypically, too brawny and big to drink young.

Drink Dates: 1994-2015
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 95

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Wine Spectator | 97

One of the big surprises of the tasting. Superbly structured, with breathtaking aromas of plums, chocolate and berries that follow through on the palate. Full-bodied, with full tannins and a long, alluring finish. Needs time.--Pichon-Lalande vertical.

Drink Dates: 2002+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 97
Author: Dominus
Tasted On: 10/03/2014
Score: 97
Author: Tj R
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 12/07/2012
balanced , good fruit, nice acid, evolved over 2 hours
Score: 94
Author: timhongx2
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.
Score: 94
Author: Scooter
Trust Rating: 98
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
Score: 92
Author: TJR1
Trust Rating: 96
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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More Vintages and Sizes of Pichon Lalande:

2000 (750ml)
1996 (750ml)

About This Producer


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 the chance of rainfall, while the particular microclimate surrounding the Chateau is relatively dry, allowing the grapes to fully ripen on the vine. The climate, concentration of the grapes, and the blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot result in wines with exceptional structure and, therefore, great aging potential. Pichon Lalande's second wine is the Reserve de la Comtesse and its third wine is Les Gartieux.

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