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 most recent bottle of the 1989 Pichon-Lalande was showing its exotic side from its high percentage of Merlot in the blend, with notes of menthol and a bit of mintiness convincing me that I was tasting an example of Cheval Blanc of comparable age (as the wine was served double blind). This is a great vintage for Pichon-Lalande and the wine is just starting to reach its apogee of peak maturity, though a few more years in the cellar to allow a bit more tannin to fall away would not be remiss. The simply stunning nose delivers a gorgeous blend of sweet dark berries, cigar smoke, plenty of menthol, coffee bean, a fine base of dark soil tones, a dollop of mint and a judicious framing of cedar. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very pure, with lovely sappiness at the core, fine focus and complexity and still a bit of backend tannin wishing for a couple more years to resolve more completely. The finish is very, very long and the wine shows a beautiful synthesis of the depth of fruit of the vintage and the classical refinement of Pichon-Lalande at its best.
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)
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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