1988 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (3L)
Aromas of black olive, blackberry and currant. Complex and fascinating. Full-bodied, with soft and velvety tannins and a long, caressing finish. Pretty and satisfying. (Web Only—2009)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Somewhat austere but very successful for the vintage, Pichon-Lalande’s 1988 has a dark garnet color and an intriguing nose of compost, earth, black currants, licorice, and weedy tobacco. The wine is medium-bodied with a sweet, relatively expansive mid-palate and slightly rugged tannins in the increasingly attenuated finish. (RP)
Whopping, multi-dimensional scent with intense cedar aromas. Very ripe palate; damp leaf flavours and good structure.
92 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted at the Fine Wine Experience’s Pichon-Lalande vertical in London. This has an attractive, slightly austere, leafy nose with tobacco, graphite, cedar and a touch of earthiness coming through. That graphite scent becomes more intense with time. The palate is medium-bodied, very well balanced, masculine but a nice sense of tension. Touches of burnt toast, savoury fruits and sour cherry towards the finish. A sense of elegance here, paradigmatic of a great austere 1988. Bon vin! Drink now-2022. Tasted December 2008."