Wine Advocate #183
Jun 2009 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 100 Drink: N/A $509-$895
One of the monumental wines of the last century is the 1982 Pichon Lalande. Since bottling, it has flirted with perfection, and was a sprinter out of the gate, which gave rise to questions about how quickly it would begin its decline. However, at age 27, it retains all its glossy, rich, flamboyant cassis fruit, chocolaty, berry jam-like notes, and plenty of earthy, foresty flavors. This is a full-bodied, extravagantly rich Pichon Lalande seemingly devoid of acidity and tannin, but the wine is incredibly well-balanced and pure. It is an amazing effort! Release price: ($110.00/case)
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Jan 2003 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 100 Drink: 2003 - 2012 $509-$895
Tasted at least a half dozen times in 2002, I keep waiting for this wine to fall off. It has been prodigious from its early days, and in bottle continues to be one of the most satisfying wines of this great vintage, both intellectually and hedonistically. The color is still a dense, dark garnet/plum/purple. The nose offers spectacularly sweet creme de cassis intermixed with plums and cherries, vanilla, and smoke. The wine is full-bodied, opulently textured, very plush, with a viscous texture and extravagant quantities of fruit, glycerin, and alcohol. It has always been incredibly low in acidity, very decadent, and about as hedonistic as a Pichon-Lalande, or any Bordeaux, for that matter, can be. It has surprised me with its longevity, and should still continue to show no amber at its rim nor any evidence of breaking up. However, I wouldn’t push my luck, as this wine is already 20 years old. Anticipated maturity: Now-2012. Last tasted, 9/02.