Off the charts aromatic intensity, silky tannins and exceptional finesse give the 1989 much of its considerable allure. Crushed flowers, sweet red fruit, tobacco, cedar and incense are some of the many notes that waft from the glass, but it is the wine’s textural finesse that elevates it into the realm of the profound. Wonderfully alive and delineated in every way, the 1989 is one of many highlights on this magical afternoon. (AG)
This has entered its secondary phase, with alluring notes of black tea, steeped plum, mulled spice and warm pain d'épices emerging from the core of supple plum, cassis and black cherry fruit. The long, fine-grained finish lets a perfumy singed cedar accent linger. A beauty. (JM, Web Only-2014)
As fine as the 1990 Pichon-Lalande showed at our tasting, the 1989 was a decided step up in terms of depth and vibrancy of fruit tone. The stunning nose soars from the glass in a complex blend of cassis, dark berries, coffee bean, tobacco leaf, gravelly soil tones, cigar smoke and toasty new oak. There is just greater delineation and purity to each aromatic element here vis à vis the 1990. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and sappy at the core, with outstanding soil signature, melting tannins, lovely focus and grip and a very, very long, refined and complex finish. This is one of the few 1989s that is not demonstrably younger than its 1990 counterpart, but it is a slightly finer, deeper and more pure example of its terroir. 1989 is a great vintage of Pichon-Lalande. (Drink between 2012-2045) 94+
Approaching full maturity, Pichon-Lalande’s 1989 has a deep ruby/plum color with some lightening at the edge. The nose offers sweet plums and creme de cassis intermixed with vanilla and graphite. The wine is lush, medium to full-bodied, and layered with texture, low acidity, sweet tannin, and the hallmark purity and elegance this estate routinely produces. (RP)
Full, deep red. Flamboyant aromas of cassis, currant leaf, tobacco, herbs and animal fur. Sweet, lush and lively; already showing lovely inner-mouth aromatic character. Finishes long, strong and lively, with firm tannins and slow-mounting persistence. Earlier bottles of this wine appeared to be a bit more exotic, even slightly animal, but this offers a lovely combination of purity and sheer ripeness. (ST)
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