2002 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of the best wines of the vintage, this is a classic Pauillac that is a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Petit Verdot. Dense ruby/purple in color with a glorious nose of melted licorice, lavender, barbecue smoke, black currants, and graphite, the wine is tannic, classically structured with an opaque ruby/purple color, beautiful definition, and a 1996-ish personality. This deep, full-bodied, elegant yet powerful 2002 should age handsomely for over two decades. Some patience will be required since this vintage exhibits more muscle and virility than normal. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium ruby-red. Powerful, slightly medicinal aromas of black raspberry and Cuban tobacco. Dense and lush on entry, then very firm and sharply delineated in the mid-palate, with a strongly medicinal, minty character. A powerful, structured wine that's all spine today. Likely to be long-lived.
Aromas of blackberries, cassis with fresh mushrooms and licorice. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, refined finish. Slightly austere now but should come around very nicely. Best after 2007.
Light nose. But rather velvety and sweeter than most on the palate with some polish and verve. Not that concentrated but more flattering than most.