1989 Pichon Lalande

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / PAUILLAC
  • 92 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • 88 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 56249-1989-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 2002
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 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.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    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.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
    Issue: 38513
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 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
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: RDV
  • Self | Rating: 95

    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!
    Drink Dates: 2013-2015
    Author: NC
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    Consistent notes
    Author: Jeff
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Drinking nicely now, this is a good but not great example of this wine. Should be good for another 3 years or so.
    Author: Scooter
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Old
    Author: marv
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Still holding up, lots of 89s long gone. Fruit is present but structurally starting to soften
    Author: Stephen G41
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Tannins are still present and comlexity is beautiful. Easy reach for another two years.
    Drink Dates: 2018
    Author: Karl L
  • Self | Rating: 94

    This is what it feels like to have reached the top of the mountain folks. The vista is glorious, the weight of the tannic journey has been lifted and the integration of all elements, time and space has overcome the final precipice. Welcome to the peak my lovers of claret, come on in, the water?s just fine! This is as polished and seamless as Bordeaux gets and to me, represents what 'cellaring potential? is all about. Notions of graphite, lilacs, sweet currant fruit and aged tobacco dance to an elegant tune, with nary a rough edge to be found. Deft, and striking on all cylinders, enjoy this beauty now or over the next 5 years.
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
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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Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 3372 bottles owned
  • 459 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 459 collectors)