2003 Pichon Lalande 750ml

France - Bordeaux - Pauillac | Second Growth/ Red / Bordeaux Blend
2003 Pichon Lalande
This wine is currently sold out.
You can also bid on this wine. Contact us to learn how.
 
International Wine Cellar | 93

($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.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

Professional content appears courtesy of Vinfolio

Wine Advocate | 95

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.

Drink Dates: 2006-2026
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 164

Professional content appears courtesy of Vinfolio

Wine Spectator | 93

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.

Drink Dates: 2011+
Author: James Suckling


Professional content appears courtesy of Vinfolio

Score: 92
Author: Charles Funk
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 03/02/2013

0 of 1 people found this review useful.

Score: 93
Author: fabioota
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 07/14/2011
Score: 92
Author: WineRyan
Trust Rating: 95
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.
Score: 94
Author: Miguel L
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.
Score: 91
Author: Brad Coelho
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/18/2008
Drink Dates: 04/01/2008
Site Blog: Unidentified Appellation 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.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

More Vintages and Sizes of Pichon Lalande:

2000 (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.

See all Bordeaux producers

See other similar producers: Chateau Palmer, Chateau Clerc-Milon, Chateau Leoville Poyferre

Recommended For You

Loading, please wait...
 

Get early access to new arrivals and special offers