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2008 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (1.5L)

SKU #1141496 94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Stylish wine, balanced, intensely elegant. It has freshness and also weight, encased in a structure that is poised, beautifully integrating black currant fruit and chocolate flavors. Inner quote mark (4/2011)

93 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark **Two Stars** Vying for top honors with the wonderfully rich Chateau Lynch Bages, Pichon Longueville Lalande is an outstanding claret of real pedigree whose immense, optimally ripe fruit and richness come with near-perfect balance. Big-bodied but graceful even as its ample tannins take hold, it shows uncanny sophistication even while being youthfully rough at the edges. It is a bit of a crowd-pleaser even now, but its very best lies at least eight to ten years ahead. Inner quote mark (3/2011)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2008 is a beauty in the style of the 1988. Although not performing as well as I predicted last year, it is unquestionably an outstanding effort as well as one of the better values from Pichon Lalande in many years. Its dense plum/purple hue is accompanied by sweet aromas of red and black currants, charcoal, herbs, underbrush and a hint of truffles. This medium-bodied, rich, concentrated blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc is an elegant, supple Pichon Lalande that can be drunk now or cellared for 15-20 years. (RP) Inner quote mark (5/2011)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Deep red. Lively aromas of cherry, redcurrant, flowers, chocolate and tobacco. Intensely flavored, suave and sweet, with ripe acidity framing the flavors of bitter cherry, licorice and loam. Finishes with broad, building tannins and lingering smoky oak. This vibrant Pichon Lalande is built to age. Inner quote mark (8/2011)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2008 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande has an expressive, open bouquet that is more forward than I would have expected (indeed, there was more degradation on the rim than you would expect.) The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit laced with cedar and sea salt. I like the harmony and the fleshiness imparted by the Merlot towards the finish, although I expect Pichon Baron represents the longer-term prospect. This is more enjoyable than cerebral. (NM) Inner quote mark (2/2018)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Builds slowly, as the mesquite and roasted plum aromas slowly give way to more layers of tobacco, hot stone, cassis, chestnut and graphite. The long finish really stretches out with mineral and tobacco notes. Best from 2013 through 2020. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. Inner quote mark (4/2011)

90 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A spicy red, with plum and currant bush character. Medium to full body, with fine tannins and a fruity finish. Give this a two or three years to come together. Inner quote mark (12/2010)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Bright crimson. Attractively, leafily scented. Very clean and pure. Punchy and fully ripe. But just a tad under full ripeness. Bracing and impressive finish. 17.5/20 points. Inner quote mark (1/2012)

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