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1989 Pichon Lalande

By Chateau Pichon Lalande

The 1989 Pichon Lalande from Château Pichon Lalande, Pauillac, Bordeaux

Bordeaux enthusiasts and discerning wine investors alike turn their gaze to a vintage that speaks with the gravitas of history and the confidence of excellence: the 1989 Pichon Lalande. This vintage is fondly remembered for its climatic generosity, which bestowed a superb growing season upon Bordeaux, culminating in wines that strikingly encapsulate both power and finesse.


A Vintage Worthy of Admiration

In the pantheon of Bordeaux vintages, 1989 stands out like a beacon for its exemplary structure and balancing act of ripe fruit with tannic backbone. The 1989 Pichon Lalande is no exception. With ample time to mature, this wine now unfurls a tapestry woven with rich cassis, intertwined with truffles and tobacco -- a bouquet that mesmerizes and invites contemplation.

On the palate, this offering from Château Pichon Lalande reveals layers upon layers of complexity. A regal blend of predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon with splashes of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot, it showcases succulent blackberry notes tempered by an Earthy grounding and hints of sweet spice. The harmonious interplay of robust tannins and vibrant acidity ensures that this wine not only commands attention but retains it effortlessly.


Inherent Qualities that Steer Investments

As one contemplates the pleasurable characteristics unique to the 1989 Pichon Lalande, its status as an asset in fine wine investment portfolios becomes self-evident. The wine’s elegance, combined with its storied provenance from the revered region of Pauillac in Bordeaux, makes its addition to any collection an intelligent maneuver.

Years have been kind to the 1989 Pichon Lalande, bestowing upon it a richness that verges on opulence without ever tipping into excess. It is this balance that marks it as one of the most notable expressions from Château Pichon Lalande. It remains a sterling testament to a vintage where every element conspired to create something near-sublime — a true investor’s delight.

For those seeking to embellish their enclaves with a vinous gem forged in an exceptional year, the 1989 Pichon Lalande emerges as an incontrovertible choice—graceful yet profound—and ready to stand proud as both an aesthetic pleasure and a judicious acquisition.

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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. Last tasted, 5/02.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 31 December 2002


Tasted at the Chapon Fin restaurant in Bordeaux. This is a far better bottle than the one encountered last year and bore semblances to my more positive encounters several years ago. Here, the 1989 has that lovely bouquet of black fruits, black tea and loam, that blossoms from the glass with continued aeration. The palate has very well balanced, the tannins having mellowed in recent years with tobacco and mushroom towards the finish. This just has much more vigour than I anticipated, much more cohesion. Very fine indeed. A point. Tasted September 2011.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Mar 2012

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