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1998 Pichon Lalande

By Chateau Pichon Lalande

1998 Pichon Lalande from Chateau Pichon Lalande, Pauillac, Bordeaux

The venerable 1998 vintage from Chateau Pichon Lalande stands as a testament to the estate's deft handling of a climatically challenging year in Pauillac. Steering through an uneven growing season marked by a cool summer and rains during harvest, this illustrious chateau bestowed upon us a wine of intrigue and finesse.


Distinct Attributes: The 1998 Legacy

What sets the 1998 Pichon Lalande apart is its opulent structure married with an unexpected vivacity, no doubt a fruit of meticulous vinification and the estate's exceptional terroir. On the nose, it greets with a complex bouquet where blackcurrant and tobacco notes are underscored by a subtle what whip of pencil lead—a characteristic bouquet that Pauillac aficionados chase with fervour. It's not merely the scent that captures the essence; on embracing the palate, this claret delivers deep layers of dark fruit juxtaposed against a backdrop of taut tannins that have softened delicately over time.


A Study in Elegance Amidst Adversity

As one delves further into the glass, it's ever apparent that the 1998 offering differs remarkably from its chronological neighbours. Where other vintages may lean heavily on power or concentration, this wine exhibits an admirable balance—there is grace here, a quiet confidence earned through navigating the trials imposed by Mother Nature in '98.

Investment-worthy, the 1998 Pichon Lalande speaks to seasoned investors seeking to enrich their portfolios with wines showcasing endurance and adaptive craftsmanship. Mature yet still whispering tales of its distinctive provenance and time-hewn refinement, it stands as both an ode to its era and a beacon for fine wine collectors.


Concluding Remarks: The 1998 Pichon Lalande Enigma

In summary, the 1998 Pichon Lalande is a tapestry of complexity anchored by Bordeaux's celebrated structure—its resilience and composure solidify its standing as one of the intelligent acquisitions for fine wine investors who appreciate both history in their hands and quality in their glass.

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Aromas of tobacco smoke, cedar, cherries, and black currants emerge from the moderately intense, complex bouquet. This wine has evolved nicely, revealing less austerity than it did last year in its medium-weight, delicate personality. Drink it over the next 15-16 years.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 22 April 2001


Tasted at the Fine Wine Experience's Pichon-Lalande vertical in London. Quite a deep garnet core with crimson rim (wider than the 2000.) The nose is pleasant if lacking a little vigour: blackberry, sous-bois, a touch of cigar box and cedar, although it seems a little hollow in the middle, as if a major aroma has gone missing. The palate is medium-bodied, nicely balanced, quite elegant although lacking real fruit concentration and depth. Quite sharp, almost citrus acidity with strong tobacco flavours coming through on the mid-palate, leading to a slightly austere finish. It has a classic, traditional charm, although it is a medium-term Pichon rather than long, plus it lacks a little chutzpah. Drink now-2018. Tasted December 2008.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Sep 2009

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