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2002 Pichon Lalande

By Chateau Pichon Lalande

2002 Pichon Lalande from Château Pichon Lalande, Pauillac, Bordeaux

The 2002 Pichon Lalande is a testament to the resilience and deft craftsmanship of Château Pichon Lalande, even in the most challenging vintages. It was a year that did not bask in the glory of its immediate predecessors; however, it carved out a niche for itself with its understated elegance and charm.


An Admirable Alchemy: The Art of Overcoming Adversity

The growing season of 2002 spun a narrative of struggle, as Bordeaux encountered variable weather patterns, causing consternation amongst vignerons. Yet, the skilled team at Château Pichon Lalande captured the vintage's unique expression beautifully within their bottles. Their expertise in viticulture and vinification coaxed a blend of finesse and structure that defy the seasonal challenges faced.


A Chronicle of Character: The Sass of a Cooler Season

In the glass, the 2002 Pichon Lalande exhibits an enigmatic balance between ripe blackcurrant notes and the cooler season's imprint of sharp acidity. This is a Bordeaux that speaks more of grace than grandeur; it lingers as a medley of harmonious flavours and reserved strength—an exemplar for those who appreciate subtlety over ostentation in their investment pieces.

The tannins are refined and integrate seamlessly with nuanced traces of cigar box and earth, signposting a wine that has benefited from Château Pichon Lalande's adept cellar ageing. Despite its modest beginnings, this vintage emerges as an attractively matured investment prospect, with its subtle complexities blooming in the present epoch.

To authenticate fine wine as an investable asset requires discernment beyond the label—it demands recognition of a vintage's individual journey. The 2002 Pichon Lalande is one such narrative worth savoring. In the matrix where pedigree encounters an outlier year, we find an enticing proposition for connoisseurs and investors alike—a serene point of divergence from the expected profiles of more lauded years.

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One of the best wines of the vintage, this is a classic Pauillac that is a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Petit Verdot. Dense ruby/purple in color with a glorious nose of melted licorice, lavender, barbecue smoke, black currants, and graphite, the wine is tannic, classically structured with an opaque ruby/purple color, beautiful definition, and a 1996-ish personality. This deep, full-bodied, elegant yet powerful 2002 should age handsomely for over two decades. Some patience will be required since this vintage exhibits more muscle and virility than normal. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 28 April 2005


Tasted blind at Farr's 2002 Bordeaux tasting. The nose is rather subdued here, leafy with sous-bois character, tobacco and scorched earth. It does lack some vigour and there is a musty quality that I cannot put my finger on. The palate has rounded tannins, quite Burgundian in texture with black cherries and raspberry, harmonious but slightly under-ripe towards the finish. Tasted October 2009.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jan 2010

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