NM Tasted at the Fine Wine Experience’s Pichon-Lalande vertical in London. The 1986 Pichon Lalande is still looking very youthful. The nose is incredibly backward and surly with smoke, cedar, cigar box, cooked meats with good definition. You could describe it as being rather joyless but it will surely mellow out with further bottling ageing. A touch of liquorice develops with time. The palate is full-bodied, firm tannins, backward, broody, good acidity, crisp black fruits, iodine, and a touch of liquorices, taut with good length. After 22-years this has not entertained the notion of entering it drinking plateau. Hopefully it will mellow out soon – a broad-shouldered, burly Pichon Lalande. Drink 2012-2030. Tasted December 2008.
Jan 2000 Neal Martin 96-98 Drink 2011 $213-$470
A wonderful Pichon Lalande in a similar style to the Pichon-Lalande 1982. A cedar and pencil-lead nose with very expressive Cabernet Sauvignon. The palate has superb definition, very complex and tannic with dense, ripe black fruits. Supreme balance. Less opulent than the ‘82 but the essence of poise, class and character. Very long-term wine. Brilliant. Perhaps an overlooked Pichon Lalande? Leave for another decade. Tasted July 2001.