The 1990 Pichon-Lalande is a very fine example of the vintage. The deep, complex and vibrant nose delivers a classy mélange of dark berries, coffee, fresh herb tones, cigar smoke, a fine base of dark soil tones and plenty of smoky, toasty new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very long, with admirable complexity, fine focus and balance, melting tannins and impressive grip on the very long and refined finish. This is a classic example of Pichon-Lalande from its glory days, as the wines the estate was turning out in the decade of the 1980s were a significant step up in quality from what had been produced here in the previous few decades. (Drink between 2012-2040)
This is not as exciting as I remember. But it’s outstanding. Seductive wine with blackberry, licorice and raspberry aromas. Full-bodied, yet racy and silky with lovely fruit and a long, long finish. Showing well now but will improve with age. (Blogs-James Suckling Uncorked)
Very dark blackish crimson. Notably aromatic, even a hint of herbaceousness on this bottle. Lovely balance and spread of mellow aromas. Tannins fully molten. Quite delicate for a 1990. Quite fresh enough on the finish. Subtle with a hint of tarmacadam. Lots of pleasure. Neat. 18/20 points
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