1989 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Approaching full maturity, Pichon-Lalande’s1989 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. Some tannins remain, but this wine has reached its plateau of maturity, where it should remain for another 10-15 years. Anticipated maturity: Now-2017.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
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. Drink over the next 15 years.
Delivers wonderfully fresh and perfumed aromas of dried flowers, with blueberry and blackberry undertones, as well as some pulverized coffee bean. Full-bodied, offering a refined and sleek mouthfeel. Shows fresh, silky tannins and a long finish. A little lean, but the freshness and complexity are fascinating. (Web Only- 2010)