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2004 Château Pichon Lalande

  • 92 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 56249-2004

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    ($65-$90) Ruby-red color. Dark plum, graphite, minerals and mint on the nose. Offers a subtle sweetness leavened by lively acidity and nicely framed by a firm tannic spine. A wine of modest flesh but considerable suavity. Very well balanced and persistent, with the mineral notes repeating on the back. Very Pauillac.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2007
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    Aromas of currant, flowers and berries follow through to a medium- to full-bodied palate, with fine tannins and a fruity finish. Round and very caressing.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Colour: A?AÿAt the border of black and dark red. A?AÿFaded brick at extreme edge in the glass.Nose: A?AÿLight black fruit, some lead pencil (the lead not the wood freshly sharpened), something plummyTaste: A?AÿDry and lightly fruity, northern not southern fruit, restrained, with acidity on the edge of the palate, rich but lightish Aftertaste: More acid and some faint smoke (barrel toast maybe?).Overall:A?AÿA?AÿGood classic claret. A?AÿI think Bordeaux, the essence of it, is to be a flavourful but dryish wine suitable for meals. Also, I think it evolved in tune with palates which, in former times, were not accustomed to the massive sugar infusions we get today in everything from ketchup to preserves to confectionary to - you name it. A?AÿThe taste for dry cider in the English West Country, or the wood-aged red ales of Flanders (or the Somerset vatted ales or English porter of yore with their refreshing lactic edge) - seem to me of a piece with this taste. A?AÿI am not saying of course that good claret tastes like those but rather that all of them offer a balance of fruity/sweet and various dry elements. A?AÿThe dry elements can include tannins, acids of various kinds, herbal flavours, and sometimes brettanomyces.While challenged today by the cult wines and excellent-in-general high-test Cabs from California and elsewhere, fine claret of such taste both reflects a certain history and the per se preference of many for balance and a suitable accompaniment to good food. A?AÿOne cannot object to any of these profiles unless the up-and-comers push out the incumbents, but I don't think that has happened, or is likely to.A?AÿA?Aÿ
    Author: Jancis Robinson
    Issue: 07/25/2009
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    The 2004 Pichon Lalande is a strong effort for the vintage (much better than their underwhelming and much more expensive 2005). A blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it exhibits a deep ruby/purple color as well as scents of cocoa, espresso roast, black cherries, and cassis. Medium to full-bodied, opulent, and fleshy, this classic wine cuts a stylistic persona somewhere between the 1995 and 1996.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: riffmaker
  • Self | Rating: 82

    Author: Wang Chong
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: TCL
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Amazing nose with super finish and nice mouth-feel.
    Author: Southbound Union
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Deep purple with dripping legs and brickish rim. Clean developing bouquet of cassis, graphite and oak. Dry intense palate of dark fruit, with some vegetal character and hints of mineral. A brooding giant that has mellowed only a bit to show some smooth integrated tannins on the long finish. Not a blockbuster vintage but a fine representative of what to expect from a well made Pauillac
    Author: SurgPA05
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Epitomizes what I've enjoyed about the vintage in that there is precocious, up front fruit, but a sense of sinewy tannin that maintains an integrity of focus and grit to slap you back w/ a trusty Old World blow. Dark cherries, date bread, cocoa and cassis notes penetrate the senses in a very rich display that offers immediate gratification, but should evolve over the midterm w/ grace thanks to the fore-mentioned structure and class (has quite a bit in common w/ the ?02).
    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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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1029 bottles owned
  • 205 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 90
    (Out of 205 collectors)