1985 Chateau Pichon Longueville

Comtesse de Lalande

Red Bordeaux Blend

France / Bordeaux / Medoc / Pauillac

¥83,400
RP 88
V 89
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1985 Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac, France

Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is a highly regarded wine estate in the Pauillac appellation of the Haut-Médoc region of northern Bordeaux. One of the most significant second growths in Pauillac, Bordeaux.

RP 88

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

Tasted at the property, the 1985 Pichon Lalande is fully matured on the feral, tertiary nose, and like the bottle I tasted a couple of years ago, this has recently become much more diffuse than exemplary showing during the 1990s and 2000s. The palate is fleshy and smooth like many wines of this vintage, but in recent years, the tannins have become and little edgier, the fruit degraded and turning quite mushroom-like and earthy on the finish. I would broach bottles of this over the next five years, because I feel that it is drying out. Tasted March 2016. Reviewed by Neal Martin, Issue date: July 2016. Drinking window: 2017 - 2021.
V 89

Vinous

What a treat it is to taste these two Pichon Lalandes straight from the chateau's cellar. The 1985 Pichon Lalande opens with mature, tertiary aromatics. Still huge and concentrated on the palate, the 1985 still has remarkable depth, but the elements are out of balance, because the aromatics are maturing at a faster pace than the wine's structural elements. When wines are out of balance, time is an enemy, not a friend. While then 1985 clearly has enough power and overall intensity to keep for many years, I would prefer to drink it sooner rather than later, as the imbalances that are present today will only become more disconcerting as the years go by. Reviewed by Antonio Galloni, Issue date: February 2016. Drinking window: 2016 - 2020.

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RP 88

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

Tasted at the property, the 1985 Pichon Lalande is fully matured on the feral, tertiary nose, and like the bottle I tasted a couple of years ago, this has recently become much more diffuse than exemplary showing during the 1990s and 2000s. The palate is fleshy and smooth like many wines of this vintage, but in recent years, the tannins have become and little edgier, the fruit degraded and turning quite mushroom-like and earthy on the finish. I would broach bottles of this over the next five years, because I feel that it is drying out. Tasted March 2016. Reviewed by Neal Martin, Issue date: July 2016. Drinking window: 2017 - 2021.
V 89

Vinous

What a treat it is to taste these two Pichon Lalandes straight from the chateau's cellar. The 1985 Pichon Lalande opens with mature, tertiary aromatics. Still huge and concentrated on the palate, the 1985 still has remarkable depth, but the elements are out of balance, because the aromatics are maturing at a faster pace than the wine's structural elements. When wines are out of balance, time is an enemy, not a friend. While then 1985 clearly has enough power and overall intensity to keep for many years, I would prefer to drink it sooner rather than later, as the imbalances that are present today will only become more disconcerting as the years go by. Reviewed by Antonio Galloni, Issue date: February 2016. Drinking window: 2016 - 2020.

1985 Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac, France

Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is a highly regarded wine estate in the Pauillac appellation of the Haut-Médoc region of northern Bordeaux. One of the most significant second growths in Pauillac, Bordeaux.

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