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2003 Pichon Lalande 750ml
2003 Pichon Lalande
France - Bordeaux - Pauillac / Second Growth
Red / Bordeaux Blend
2003 Pichon Lalande
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer 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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Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 164

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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Wine Spectator Author: James Suckling

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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Community Reviews


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

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fabioota Trust Rating: 95 Tasted On: 07/14/2011


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.


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.


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.

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