1989 Pichon Lalande 750ml

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1989 Pichon Lalande
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International Wine Cellar | 93

($140-$165) Full, deep red. Flamboyant aromas of cassis, currant leaf, tobacco, herbs and animal fur. Sweet, lush and lively; already showing lovely inner-mouth aromatic character. Finishes long, strong and lively, with firm tannins and slow-mounting persistence. Earlier bottles of this wine appeared to be a bit more exotic, even slightly animal, but this offers a lovely combination of purity and sheer ripeness. Drink over the next 15 years.

Drink Dates: 2002-2017
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 103

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Jancis Robinson | 17.5

Very deep crimson with very evolved rim. Tealeaf nose and very ripe. Light nose with clean aromas. Bit soupy but rather rusty nails on the palate. Not the pure bite of the Pichon Barons. Smudgy. Furry tannins. Chewy finish.

Drink Dates: 2004-2015
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 92

Speaking of superior vintages, Pichon-Lalande's 1989, although not as profound as the 1995, 1994, 1986, 1983, or 1982, is a beautifully made wine. It exhibits a deep ruby/purple color, and a sweet, roasted nose of rich cassis fruit, herbs, and vanilla. Lush and round, this medium to full-bodied, nicely-textured, layered Pichon-Lalande possesses low acidity, outstanding ripeness, and beautiful purity and balance. It is already drinking surprisingly well, so owners should not hesitate to pull a cork. It should continue to offer rich, seductive drinking for another 15+ years.

Drink Dates: 1997-2012
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 109

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Wine Spectator | 94

Voluptuous and velvety. Dark ruby color. Intense aromas of blackberries, fresh mushrooms and dried herbs. Full-bodied, with loads of ripe fruit and velvety tannins. A big, youthful wine that needs time to mellow.--1989 Bordeaux horizontal.

Author: James Suckling


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Score: 92
Author: marv
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/25/2014
Old
Score: 94
Author: Stephen G41
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 03/13/2014
More than ready, lots of lead and smoke.
Score: 95
Author: Anthony D526
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 05/08/2013
Drink Dates: 2001-2022
Consistent notes. Med dark ruby/mahogany red; profound nose of primarily black fruit dominating tobacco & leather notes; similar & very complex flavors, well integrated mature soft tannins; good grip; very complex and long; beautifully balanced; extremely long finish; still vigorous and drinking well now with plenty of life ahead. A GREAT Bordeaux that has kept getting better in bottle!

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Score: 95
Author: NC
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 02/07/2013
Drink Dates: 2013-2015
Approaching maturity, Pichon-Lalande's1989 has a deep ruby color with absolutely no tannin. Not full bodied but delicately exqusitte! Drink now and love it!
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Author: Jeff
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 07/01/2010
Drink Dates:
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More Vintages and Sizes of Pichon Lalande:

2000 (750ml)
1995 (750ml)
1986 (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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