2005 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac

SKU #1040961 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (6/ 2008)

93 points James Suckling

 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.  (10/ 2012)

90-93 points 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...  (5/ 2006)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Beautiful currant, berry and licorice aromas follow through to a full body, with tar and berry character, fine tannins and a long finish.  (3/ 2008)

Jancis Robinson

 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)  (12/ 2009)

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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/12/2010  | Send Email
I can't think of a better deal for a good cellar at K&L right now. Pichon-Lalande from a classic vintage has not been seen on our shelves for under a $100 in a very long time, and I doubt that this wine will last long or ever return at this price. This is an extraordinarily concentrated wine that, nevertheless, lays out its power with elegance and restraint. And although it is far to tight to drink now, it will provide the patient with one of the wine world's greatest rewards.
Drink from 2015 to 2045

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

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Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Pauillac

- Pauillac is probably the most famous village in Bordeaux. Located between St. Julien and St. Estephe, it has more of the top ranked chateau than the other four appellations of the Haut Medoc. This area has three of the five premier cru classe wineries: Lafite Rothschild, Latour, and Mouton Rothschild. There are two of the top second-growths (Pichon Lalande and Pichon Baron) as well as several outstanding fourth and fifth-growth chateaux including Lynch Bages. Because of the gravely soils and great drainage, Pauillac has the ideal conditions to grow great Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines from this village are some of the longest-lived in Bordeaux.