2006 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (6L) (Pre-Arrival)
95 points Robert Parker: "The 2006 Pichon Lalande, which blows away the 2005, represents a return to the velvety-textured, rich, sexy style most readers would associate with Pichon Lalande. This blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon and 36% Merlot no Petit Verdot was included in the final blend exhibits a dense purple color as well as abundant aromas of chocolate, coffee, cedar, black currants, and a subtle touch of smoke, a rich, savory, full-bodied mouthfeel, plump, fleshy fruit, and a superb finish. This is a 21st century version of the brilliant 1996. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2030." (02/09) 94 points Wine Enthusiast: "The success of this wine owes as much to Merlot as to Cabernet. The Merlot has created ripeness and smoothness in the wine. While the Cabernet keeps it firm and closed up, there is a base of rich, sweet fruit here that will show over the next two years. The style of the wine is moving away from elegance to power under the new regime of owners, Champagne Roederer." K&L's notes - Toasty, cedary, cassis aromas that follow to the palate. Great, sweet palate entry. Rich and robust. Quite substantial on the palate-more masculine style like 1996 and 1986 vintages. This could be better than their 2005? Quite good. ** On 01/23/09: cedar oak and flashy style. Clyde still prefers this to the 2005!