2005 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac
In recent years, Pichon Comtesse has developed an elegance all its own, with great style, smoothing out the real intensity of the wine. This 2005 continues in that tradition, a spicy, fruity wine, which has restraint as well as hidden power.
What a nose on this, with orchids and currants, this is very perfumed and pretty. Full-bodied, with bright and lively acidity. Rose petals and citrus fruit on the palate give way to a long and intense finish. Wait and see where this goes.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good red-ruby color. Raspberry, redcurrant, tobacco leaf and flowers on the nose. Red-fruity and refined in the mouth, showing none of the smoke, animal or chocolate qualities I associate with this chateau. Distinctly delicate and fine, with moderate density and suave, building tannins. Incidentally, the IPT here is 68, compared to 73 in 2004. A wine of finesse...
Beautiful currant, berry and licorice aromas follow through to a full body, with tar and berry character, fine tannins and a long finish.
64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot, yield 47 hl/ha. Deep crimson ruby. Cedary and perfumed, red berries and cassis leaf but also some cassis fruit. Fresh sweet spice. Even something a little floral. Rich and dense but surprisingly velvety even though it is firm. Rounded but there's real strength, too. Surprisingly approachable though a long way to go. Pretty luscious and long. Later: sweet and rich with dark fruit. Vanilla, spice and nutmeg. Dense, juicy and rounded. Smooth though deep. Drink 2011-2025. (17.5/20 points)