One of the wines of the tasting. Fresh and complex, generous in character, with lovely dried cherry and spice aromas that follow through on the palate. Full-bodied, with concentrated fruit and firm tannins, this has a long life ahead. (JS)
This particular half bottle was a bit idiosyncratic, offering up a decidedly meaty and roasted nose for the first half hour that it was open, before assuming a posture of a bit more elegance. The bouquet initially offered up scents of roasted cassis, grilled meats, tobacco ash, a bit of leather, herb tones and cedary wood. With some air a bit more sweetness came up in the fruit component, and a bit of the meatiness backed off. On the palate the wine is bigger and more powerful than the 1978, and is still a bit younger (even out of half bottle), with excellent mid-palate depth, fine structure, and just a bit of tannin on the long and powerful finish. The 1970’s combination of better depth, some solid acidity and just a bit of remaining tannin combine to produce a much more authoritative mouthful than the 1978 vintage of this wine. Clearly the 1970 Pichon is the best vintage from this château between the 1961 and the 1982. It is one of the top handful of Medocs in the vintage. (half bottle) (Drink between 2004-2025)
Tasted at the Fine Wine Experience’s Pichon-Lalande vertical in London. This has a dark mahogany core with a tawny rim. The nose is masculine, delineated and meaty, with scents of hot bricks, gravel, tar and earth. Very good vigour and lift with just the right amount of leafiness. The palate is medium-bodied, very well balanced and one of the few 1970 Left Banks to have a degree of elegance and refinement (though not femininity.) It falls apart a little on the disjointed, mushroomy and slightly volatile, brown sugar-tinged finish and given previous bottles, perhaps a wine that has passed its peak but I suspect there are better bottles out there. (NM)
The 1970 Pichon Lalande is bold, powerful and rustic in style. Iron, smoke, tobacco, game, licorice and dried stone fruit character are pushed forward. The aromatics are more focused and pleasing than the palate, where the 1970 is marred by traces of brett. All things considered, the 1970 has held up well, but any remaining bottles need to be finished. (AG)
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