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1990 Château Pichon Lalande

  • 79 WA
  • 94 WS
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 56249-1990

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Concentrated. Medium-ruby color, with ripe plum, cigar tobacco and smoke aromas. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long finish. Still closed, almost clumsy. Give it time.--1990 Bordeaux retrospective. 33,500 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 79

    I have been consistently disappointed by my tastings of the 1990 Pichon-Lalande. Yet never have I rated it as low as I did in this blind tasting. The wine is unmistakably vegetal, austere, and lacking the seductive, sweet, ripe fruit this estate produces in top years. Something clearly went awry for Pichon-Lalande to miss so badly in an exceptional vintage. In this tasting, the wine tasted lean, diluted, intensely herbaceous, and lacking sweetness, depth, ripeness, and charm. Apologists who have badly overrated this wine will no doubt insist that its owners give it additional cellaring, but aging will only exaggerate this wine's lack of balance. Like its northern neighbor in Pauillac, Mouton-Rothschild, this wine is a major disappointment. As I have said before, the 1991 Pichon-Lalande, from a decidedly weak vintage, is a superior wine!
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 87

    Author: Spike
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    Drink Dates: 2015-2025
    Author: Rollieb
  • Self | Rating: 70

    Author: LJLAnesthesia
  • Self | Rating: 86

    Author: Robert S662
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: DrinkBeHappy
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Drinking perfectly now. Still have nice fruit, cedar, black fruit. Tannins have softened. Hard to imagine will improve further with age but far from being tired and will continue to drink well for a bunch of years.
    Author: swimmer
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Excellent bottle. Nothing wrong here.
    Author: Katz Randy
  • Self | Rating: 82

    It baffles me how such an opulent vintage, married with a top tier producer, produces such a light weight wine? Just as we admire renowned producers in off vintages (see the Lafleur notes), we really do slap them with lofty expectations in years such as this. When they don'tproduce, we (read, me) tend to criticize an otherwise decent effort. While the aromatics are off the charts, brewing w/ a cornucopia of smoked beef, caramel, underbrush and dense currant fruit, the body of the wine is quite disappointing to me. Light, a tad weedy and angular in fashion, there is a decent mineral tone that becomes austere and clipped on the wine?s introverted finish.
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
  • Self | Rating: 85

    Not as bad as reviewed,....but not particularly good for a wine taking up space in the cellar all these years.
    Author: Johnnymd
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Rutiger
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

  • 2375 bottles owned
  • 381 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 86
    (Out of 381 collectors)