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1990 Pichon Lalande

By Chateau Pichon Lalande

1990 Pichon Lalande from Chateau Pichon Lalande, Pauillac, Bordeaux

The 1990 vintage from Chateau Pichon Lalande stands as a paragon of Bordeaux excellence, a year that bestowed upon the storied terroirs of Pauillac a crop of grapes of exceptional quality. An illustrious expression of what seasoned investors and enthusiasts seek, the 1990 Pichon Lalande is a touchstone for collectors who understand the nuanced dance between time, terroir, and talent.


The Quintessence of a Remarkable Vintage

As though painted with an artist’s finest brush, the 1990 Pichon Lalande is a masterstroke of vivid flavour and profound balance—the result of an impeccably temperate growing season. This vintage benefited immensely from ideal climatic conditions, with a warm spring followed by an uncharacteristically dry summer. The resulting harvest was early, yet the berries were optimally ripe, encapsulating the purest essence of Pauillac's gravelly soils.


Investment-Grade Elixir: A Tapestry of Complexity and Finesse

The aromatic bouquet of this ’90 treasure is immediately striking, wafting from the glass with distinction. Scents of blackcurrant and cedar intertwine with whispers of truffle and violets—hallmarks of a sophisticated yet vigorous profile. On the palate, the time-honoured structure of Cabernet Sauvignon melds exquisitely with rounded Merlot, threads of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc adding intricate depth. With decades in bottle, secondary characters flourish; tobacco box notes mingle with dark chocolate nuances, providing an experience that is both stately and unstintingly refined.

An astute addition to any investment portfolio, the 1990 Pichon Lalande epitomises the longevity and endurance of truly great wine. Its robust character has evolved magnificently—a testament to the dexterity with which Chateau Pichon Lalande navigated an extraordinary vintage. With ample life still ahead, this wine demonstrates why astute investors are drawn to own a piece of the storied vintages produced in this celebrated appellation.


Concluding Thoughts on an Indelible Investment

In fine wine investment circles, vintages come and go but some leave indelible fingerprints on our palates and portfolios; the 1990 Pichon Lalande is just such a wine. Each taste reaffirms its status as one of the pinnacles within both an investor's ledger and a connoisseur's cellar. It is a pivotal reference point for understanding the zeniths one may reach when investing in liquid luxuries from Bordeaux—especially those from an epochal year like 1990.

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Tasted at Roberson’s Pichon Lalande/Pichon Baron vertical. The 1990 cannot disguise its herbaceous aromas and lack of fruit intensity on the nose, especially juxtaposed against the magnificent Pichon Baron. There are some musty scents developing, quite fungal (mothballs). The palate is rather lily-livered, somehow rather faint and ephemeral although it must be said, not completely unenjoyable. However, given its address and year of birth, it falls way below expectations. Tasted September 2010.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Mar 2012


A noteworthy failure in this vintage, the 1990 Pichon Lalande is slightly green, but that’s not its biggest defect. An absence of concentration, a hollow mid-palate, and shallow currant and plum-like fruit go nowhere on the palate. As I indicated from the very beginning - caveat emptor! Release price: ($450.00/case)

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 29 June 2009

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