Another surprise in this part of the tasting, the 2007 Pichon Lalande is an excellent choice for drinking now, as the aromatics have started to open up nicely. Hints of sweet tobacco, sage and herb all lift from the glass. There is more than enough depth to support another 15-20 years of fine drinking. The 2007 is not a big wine, but instead makes a compelling case for itself with striking aromatic intensity, silky tannins and that most elusive quality of all: balance. This is very nicely done, especially within the context of a year marked by a cool and wet summer. (AG)
Soft wine, the Merlot in the blend giving a round character to the texture. It is juicy, fruity, a gentle, mellow wine that seduces by its delicious ripe berry fruits. Its aging potential is there in the band of Cabernet tannins, but it's not a longer-term wine. (RV)
Smudgy ruby with an evolved rim. Plummy nose with lots of sweet fruit and some interest. Pretty wild and fresh. Masses of life and energy here. 17/20 points.
Pichon Lalande's 2007 is a seductive, dark ruby/plum-tinged wine displaying sweet cocoa, white chocolate, black currant, and foresty notes, medium body, a velvety texture, and a delicious style. The final blend is 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Drink it over the next decade. (RP)
Bright ruby-red. Enticing aromas of plum, dark cherry, bitter chocolate, licorice, coffee and sexy smoky oak. Then juicy but a bit lean in the mouth, with good energy but modest texture to its dark berry and licorice flavors. Boasts good energy and precision but today the wine's tannins overwhelm the fruit and the finish shows a slightly tart quality. Will this expand with bottle aging? (ST) 89+
Fresh and fruity, offering berry and floral aromas that follow through to a medium-to-full body, with slightly chewy tannins that are polished and attractive. (JS)
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