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1996 Château Pichon Lalande

  • 96 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • 88 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 56249-1996

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    ($96-$155) Deep ruby-red. Very sexy aromas of currant, blackberry and brown sugar, all lifted by an ineffable floral quality from the thoroughly ripe cabernet sauvignon that comprises three-quarters of the blend. Dense, fresh and thick with extract; a wonderful combination of texture and guts. Has a core of steel and a powerful structure I haven't found in more recent vintages from this chateau. A very serious style of Pichon-Lalande, with much less merlot than usual. Finishes with terrific length and grip.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 2002
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Black color, with intense Cabernet aromas of blackberries and currants and hints of mint. Full-bodied and very firm, with silky tannins and a long, flavorful and caressing finish. A racy and well-structured Pichon-Lalande.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Light nose. Dark crimson. Very full and broad and well balanced and yet with hardly discernible tannin until the very very end. Quite forward but a lovely drink. Nothing out of place. A much better bottle than we saw in the first line-up.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
    Issue: 10/18/2006
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    The 1996 Pichon-Lalande is just as awesome from bottle as it was from multiple cask tastings. For Pichon-Lalande, the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon is atypically high. This wine normally contains 35-50% Merlot in the blend, but the 1996 is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot. Only 50% of the estate's production made it into the grand vin. The color is a saturated ruby/purple. The nose suggests sweet, nearly overripe Cabernet Sauvignon, with its blueberry/blackberry/cassis scents intermixed with high quality, subtle, toasty new oak. Deep and full-bodied, with fabulous concentration and a sweet, opulent texture, this wine was singing in full harmony when I tasted it in January. Given the wine's abnormally high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon, I would suspect it will close down. It possesses plenty of tannin, but the wine's overwhelming fruit richness dominates its personality.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: Spike
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: Pierre T184
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: tiberite
  • Self | Rating: 91

    2 hours in bottle. very smooth , fruity. good ballance and structure
    Author: Wang Chong
  • Self | Rating: 4

    Did not decant. Colour was deep red, little rim variation. Wine was still very fresh and balanced. Tannins were soft but the fruit was still very much there. got some capsicum as well as the traditional berry fruit. It has nto gone across to the earthy and velvety notes yet. Will drink for a while, but lovely now
    Author: Murray
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Did not show up all customary aromas but it was my fault, since decanted for just a while.
    Author: fabioota
  • Self | Rating: 85

    Dry and austere. Bad bottle?
    Author: Johnnymd
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Welcome to the real firepower gents, not to say that the previous ammunition wasn'teffective, but if you?re looking for a shrapnel effect, a rocket launcher to the skull is the only way to go. The nose of this wine was completely shot out of a cannon, launching fireworks of wild flowers, freshly paved road tar, pencil shavings, cassis and black currant through the air in a spectacular, explosive fashion. As effusive as it was aromatically, the palate was flat out decadent, with mouth-watering and hedonistically satiating layers of knock-out proportions. Already drinking phenomenally well & should continue to bring pleasure for another 15 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

  • 4443 bottles owned
  • 506 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 506 collectors)