There is only one question about what is otherwise a magnificent wine—whether the current dominant wood flavors will soften and blend enough. If they do, then the powerful fruit, spice and freshness will all come together in a stellar wine. (RV)
A very large crop in 2004 led to fears of dilution, and while some wines are already near their peak, the best are still going strong. The nose here is sweet and charming, with blackcurrant and black cherry aromas. It's fresh and sleek, silky and poised, and while concentrated it has less weight and depth than the great years. It has impeccable balance and stylishness, however, and is starting to drink well. It's not a heavyweight, but it's both enjoyable and serious, with a long finish. Drinking Window 2018-2026 (SB)
The 2004 Pichon Lalande is a strong effort for the vintage...it exhibits a deep ruby/purple color as well as scents of cocoa, espresso roast, black cherries, and cassis. Medium to full-bodied, opulent, and fleshy, this classic wine cuts a stylistic persona somewhere between the 1995 and 1996. It can be drunk now or cellared for two decades. (RP)
The color is deep and concentrated, as is the rich extract that fills the texture of this wine. The aromas hint at currants and violets, though they remain hidden for now. Brisk tannins give it a stony feel. This should develop into a classic.
Deep ruby. More immediate oaky spice, fragrant. (Winemaker Thomas Dô Chi Nam suggests cinnamon.) Again that mix of black and red fruit. Much less dense than the 2005 but straighter and more structured though the tannins are smooth even if upright. Fresh, structured but well balanced by the fruit. Tannins are drier and tighter, still fresh and finishes dry and savoury. Later: pronounced richness of fruit on the nose – both cassis and plum, and plenty of sweet spice with a touch of vanilla. Rich but also juicy. 17+/20 points. (JH)
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