1995 Pichon Lalande

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / PAUILLAC
  • 96 WA
  • 96 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • 88 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 56249-1995
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

    A megawine, with layers of fruit and various levels of character. This exceptional Bordeaux is full-bodied and very tannic, with masses of rich fruit, berry and tobacco. Very velvety. This powerhouse needs time.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Crackling, dense wine with lots of fruit and lots of lift. Very full and bloody and ripe. Sumptuous. Well constructed but still very young. Chewy. Lovely wine.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
    Issue: 11-07-2005
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    Deep red-ruby color. Currant, loam, tobacco and smoky oak on the nose. Silky, sweet and tender in the middle palate; leather, game and chocolate notes add complexity to the wine strong currant component. Showing slightly less harmoniously than the '96, perhaps due to the bottling, but this thoroughly seductive wine has all the components for future greatness.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 1998
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    What sumptuous pleasures await those who purchase either the 1996 or 1995 Pichon-Lalande. It is hard to choose a favorite, although the 1995 is a smoother, more immediately sexy and accessible wine. It is an exquisite example of Pichon-Lalande with the Merlot component giving the wine a coffee/chocolatey/cherry component to go along with the Cabernet Sauvignon's and Cabernet Franc's complex blackberry/cassis fruit. The wine possesses an opaque black/ruby/purple color, and sexy, flamboyant aromatics of pain grille, black fruits, and cedar. Exquisite on the palate, this full-bodied, layered, multidimensional wine should prove to be one of the vintage's most extraordinary success stories.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: BORDEAUXLICIOUS
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Larry H
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Anyone that owns both the ?95 and the ?96 owes it to themselves to taste them adjacent to each other, as they are not only both great wines, but terrifically distinct. The ?95 is a much tighter, more withdrawn wine aromatically, but loaded to the gills with sweet, luxurious fruit that really strikes an opulent chord from the second it hits your lips to the tail end of its 'Gone with the Wind?-like finish. While the ?96 is already in a prime drinking window, the ?95 still has nowhere to go but up, and boy does it have the stuffing to get there.
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Consumed @ Macheroni Republic with HJ. Very tight and clean Bordeaux, but nothing memorable, seemed very shut down. Unfortunately, I was disappointed by this. Not as great as a previous Pichon Lalande, or even R‚serve de la Comtesse that I tasted. Maybe needed much more time to decant.
    Author: johnswu
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Fabulous, no tannin, deep ruby red color, drinks beautifully. Probably has another 10 years.
    Drink Dates: 2011-2020
    Author: NC
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Initially muted nose. First impression was might be slightly corked, but nose later opened up some to reveal spicy red fruit. Very rich on the palate but not complex. Good length with wonderful texture and warm dark fruits and a little cigar box. Either slightly corked or just needs a few more years to unwind.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2020
    Author: Brian C List
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Lovely nose of deep dark fruits, espresso, lead pencil and cigar box. Nice balance and silky finish after 30 min in glass.
    Author: TannicTony
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Really outstanding. cherries, tobacco, cigar box, big but rounded. drinking yet has 10-15 yrs.
    Author: Peter B
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Very forward. Hints of cinnamon with plenty of fruit. Very drinkable now. Doesn't have the length but well structured. Classy bordeaux.
    Author: cmin
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.

White Bordeaux blends are most commonly composed of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc, and come in a range of dry and sweet styles. Sémillon contributes body while Sauvignon Blanc adds high acidity, a characteristic that is particularly important in the sweet wines of Bordeaux.

Sauternes is one of the world’s most prestigious regions for sweet wine production, made possible by Sémillon’s affinity for noble rot. Wines from world-renowned Château d’Yquem are fermented and matured in new oak for up to three years and can age for decades in bottle. These wines display complex aromas of melon, honey, apricot, citrus peel, mango, and butterscotch and develop added complexity and aromas with age.

The best dry wines from this blend come from producers such as Château Haut-Brion, Château Pape Clément, and Domaine de Chevalier in Pessac-Léognan and Graves. These wines are typically fermented and matured in new oak and display a full-bodied richness with concentrated nutty flavors overlaying the fruit.

Due to its freshness and flavor profile, dry white Bordeaux blends pair well with almost any white food, including all types of fish, poultry, veal, and pork. The sweet wines of Bordeaux pair well with foie gras, oysters, blue cheese, spicy food (particularly Asian cuisines), any dish with sweet notes, and of course, dessert.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 4480 bottles owned
  • 531 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 531 collectors)