1986 Pichon Lalande 750ml

France - Bordeaux - Pauillac | Second Growth/ Red / Bordeaux Blend   |     Watch

WS 97   WA 96   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

One of the big surprises of the tasting. Superbly structured, with breathtaking aromas of plums, chocolate and berries that follow through on the palate. Full-bodied, with full tannins and a long, alluring finish. Needs time.--Pichon-Lalande vertical.

Drink Dates: 2002+
Author: James Suckling


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Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

The 1986 is the most tannic, as well as the largest-framed Pichon-Lalande in over three decades. Whether it will ultimately eclipse the 1982 is doubtful, but it will be longer-lived. Dark ruby/purple, with a tight yet profound bouquet of cedar, blackcurrants, spicy oak, and minerals, this full-bodied, deeply concentrated, exceptionally well-balanced wine is, atypically, too brawny and big to drink young.

Drink Dates: 1994-2015
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 95

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 100
Author: GW
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 11/06/2014
Drink Dates:
great

Rating: 97
Author: Tj R
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 12/07/2012
balanced , good fruit, nice acid, evolved over 2 hours

Rating: 97
Author: Dominus
Tasted On: 10/03/2014

Rating: 96
Author: coffeemuse
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 08/29/2015
Drank beautifully

Rating: 94
Author: timhongx2
Tasted On: 07/17/2011
Beautifully balanced. Drinking perfectly right now. Cedar, licorice,tobacco, earthy all backed by silky fruit. Everything was so well integrated.

Average rating: 97, based on 7 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

5322 bottles owned by 934 collectors.

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About This Producer


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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Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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