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2003 Château Pichon Lalande

abv 13.0%
  • 95 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • 83 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 56249-2003

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($100-$125) Good deep red. Flamboyantly expressive aromas of raspberry, currant, earth, smoked meat, chocolate and pepper. Fat, full and voluptuous yet somehow light on its feet. This has a texture of liquid velvet. Wonderfully opulent wine with considerable inner-palate flavor complexity: raspberry, game, leather, mocha and chocolate. Finishes with very fine-grained tannins that coat the entire palate. A wonderful success for the year, and a wine that can be enjoyed already, even if its sheer material promises 15 to 20 years of life in bottle.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2006
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Really quite pale though still some blue in there. Indistinct nose - the lightest hint of lilies. Lively, delicate, some top quality oak in evidence in the lightest possible form. Quite racy with lots of energy. Pretty light tannins - I wonder if they deliberately fined some of these out? Quite a pretty drink but certainly not rich and not obviously the product of a hot vintage. A very particular style.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
    Issue: 03/18/2008
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The brilliant, opulent, fleshy 2003 Pichon Lalande (65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot) possesses a high pH of 3.8 as well as 13% alcohol. Reminiscent of the 1982 Pichon Lalande (which never shut down and continues to go from strength to strength), the dense plum/purple-colored 2003 offers gorgeous aromas of blackberries, plum liqueur, sweet cherries, smoke, and melted licorice. Fleshy, full-bodied, and intense, displaying a seamless integration of wood, acidity, tannin, and alcohol, this beauty can be drunk now or cellared for 20 years or more.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Very pretty aromas of plum, blackberry, chocolate, espresso and cherry follow through to a full-bodied palate, with ultrasilky tannins, refined fruit and a long, caressing finish. This is fine and refined with a wonderful texture. Not quite the 2000, but excellent. 18,330 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Charles Funk
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: fabioota
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Consumed at Church State with HJ. Smells and tastes like a typical Paulliac, but still very closed. Probably needs 5+ years.
    Author: johnswu
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Great nose of dirt, sweet cherry and blueberry. A bit tart on palate, nice fruit, light tannin. Sour cherry, medium length finish.
    Author: WineRyan
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Lightest color in the first flight of 5, exhibiting a more ruby shade. Promising nose of fig paste, meat, underbrush, green olive and a touch of cranberry. While there was a broad spectrum of subtle nuance in the nose, the palate was more than full w/ big time body and a boat-load of tannin. Chunky texture lead to a powerful finish which left a lovely rose petal note to linger nicely. At this moment in the game, the fruit is very un-delineated and speaks much more softly than the tannin. Assuming it's closing down a bit, 7-8 years down the road she'll certainly merit more pleasure, and a higher score.
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
  • Self | Rating: 94

    This is beautiful! Bought and held nearly 2 years. Decanted 2 hours, and is opening bigger and bigger. Gorgeous aromas, deep dark blackberry, long leaf tobacco, milk chocolate, and cassis. Generous mouth feel and a good balance of acidity & lovely tannins that are still resolving. Slight catch in the throat reveals a little heat, but all is well and very long on the mouth-watering finish. Nearly there, but can't fault anyone for dipping in now. Grill a great steak and you'll have a great night.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2024
    Author: Miguel L
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

  • 3283 bottles owned
  • 407 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 407 collectors)