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1981 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac

SKU #950954 92 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 1981 vintage of Pichon-Lalande continues to just cruise along in its plateau of maturity and is drinking beautifully, as it has been doing already for a couple of decades! At our vertical tasting this really showed well, offering up a middleweight and intensely flavored format and lovely complexity on both the nose and palate. The bouquet is a refined blend of cassis, black cherries, cigar smoke, a touch of toffee, gravelly soil tones, tobacco leaf, menthol and a deft touch of new wood. On the palate the wine is medium-full, pure and elegant, with good depth at the core, fine focus and grip, melted tannin and a long, complex and wide open finish. Just a lovely bottle of Pichon in its prime, but still with years and years of life ahead of it. Inner quote mark (9/2019)

90 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 1981 Pichon-Lalande was served with the 1982 and 1983 by estate director Nicolas Glumineau. I must confess that I was shocked how well it showed, far surpassing the example shown at a vertical a few months earlier. This has a lovely bouquet of black fruit, autumn leaves, cedar and bay leaf, clearly bestowed with more vigor than previous bottles. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, leather and sage-infused fruit, like before. (NM) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark This has always been one of the sexiest, most delicious wines from the 1981 vintage. It still possesses a dark ruby/purple color. While the 1981 is less powerful than the 1982 and 1983, it reveals copious quantities of sweet black currant fruit, good flesh for the vintage, and a pure, nicely-textured and balanced style. This wine remains vibrant and youthful. (RP) Inner quote mark (12/1997)

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