International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 132
($65-$90) Ruby-red color. Dark plum, graphite, minerals and mint on the nose. Offers a subtle sweetness leavened by lively acidity and nicely framed by a firm tannic spine. A wine of modest flesh but considerable suavity. Very well balanced and persistent, with the mineral notes repeating on the back. Very Pauillac.
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Author: Robert Parker
The 2004 Pichon Lalande is a strong effort for the vintage (much better than their underwhelming and much more expensive 2005). A blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it exhibits a deep ruby/purple color as well as scents of cocoa, espresso roast, black cherries, and cassis. Medium to full-bodied, opulent, and fleshy, this classic wine cuts a stylistic persona somewhere between the 1995 and 1996.
Author: James Suckling
Aromas of currant, flowers and berries follow through to a medium- to full-bodied palate, with fine tannins and a fruity finish. Round and very caressing.
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 01/17/2012
Amazing nose with super finish and nice mouth-feel.
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 08/28/2011
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 01/25/2011
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 12/11/2010
Deep purple with dripping legs and brickish rim. Clean developing bouquet of cassis, graphite and oak.
Dry intense palate of dark fruit, with some vegetal character and hints of mineral. A brooding giant that has mellowed only a bit to show some smooth integrated tannins on the long finish. Not a blockbuster vintage but a fine representative of what to expect from a well made Pauillac
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 08/29/2010
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