Thursday, June 16, 2011

Robert Parker— “Reminiscent of the 1982 Pichon Lalande”

2003 Chateau Pichon Lalande
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There’s been a lot of chatter on the web about how well the 2003 Pichon Lalande is drinking right now. It’s probably no surprise to Robert Parker since he called it “reminiscent of the 1982 Pichon Lalande” and mentioned in his tasting note from 2006 that it could be drunk then or cellared for 20 years or more. Five years later and it’s right in the sweet spot for drinking.

We just received a new shipment of properly stored 2003 Chateau Pichon Lalande in their original wood cases. They are in pristine condition. Our price is $139.99 per bottle!

The pricing for the 2010 vintage of Pichon Lalande was just released by the Chateau this morning. The price is 227.99 per bottle and it scored 92-95+ from Robert Parker. The 2009 vintage is currently selling for 199.99 per bottle.

The 2003 Chateau Pichon Lalande is still a $139.99 bottle, but it is at a 30-40% discount compared to 2009 and 2010. We think this is a great deal on a 2nd growth from a great vintage, with great reviews, that can be drunk now.

Robert Parker 95 Points-- 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.

Wine Spectator 93 Points-- 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. Best after 2011. 18,330 cases made. -JS

International Wine Cellar 93 Points-- 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.

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