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2004 Pichon Lalande

By Chateau Pichon Lalande

2004 Pichon Lalande from Chateau Pichon Lalande, Pauillac, Bordeaux

The narrative of the 2004 vintage in Bordeaux is frequently overshadowed by the opulent 2005s and the enduring 2003s. However, for aficionados seeking equilibrium and finesse from their investments, one must look no further than the 2004 Pichon Lalande from Chateau Pichon Lalande.

 

A Testament to Resilience: The 2004 Vintage Unfolds

With climatic conditions that challenged even the most seasoned vignerons, 2004 presented Bordeaux with a somewhat capricious growing season. An enduring winter prolonged into spring, delaying bud break, yet the summer months welcomed an about-turn that reverberated into an Indian summer—a period crucial for the phenolic maturation of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes at the Chateau.

The 2004 Pichon Lalande triumphs as an epitome of Pauillac's resilience. It embodies a subtly aromatic nose with hints of cedar and blackcurrant, while on the palate, a tapestry of well-integrated tannins aligns with dark berry fruits and a whisper of spice. This harmonious blend beckons with elegance rather than intensity—an intellectual's choice in a collector's lair.

 

An Investment in Timelessness

The longevity of this particular wine is worthy of note for investors. While its formidable brethren may possess a brasher appeal in youth, the 2004 vintage has curated an admirable ageing trajectory. This is a testament to both impeccable terroir management and winemaking foresight at Chateau Pichon Lalande.

For those appreciative of nuanced complexity, the 2004 Pichon Lalande exhibits a structure that promises further blossoming. Its subtlety holds its own in the annals of wine investment opportunities.

 

Closing Reflections on an Understated Jewel

In conclusion, this offering from Chateau Pichon Lalande is a quietly confident specimen within your portfolio, exemplifying classical Bordeaux virtues with grace. Reflective of both time and terroir, the 2004 Pichon Lalande is poised to enchant palates and delight investors seeking gems with provenance and promise beyond the immediacy of more flamboyant vintages.

Current market price

HK$13,800.00

12x75cl

Highest score

95

POP score

96

Scores and tasting notes

95

Tasted at the Fine Wine Experience’s Pichon-Lalande vertical in London. A very deep garnet/purple hue. It has a glorious, almost opulent nose with black cherries, blueberries, a hint of sous-bois, pine and freshly rolled tobacco, a touch of tar coming through all with wonderful definition although there is still a little unresolved new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with good weight, very well balanced, a sense of controlled opulence here. Lots of glycerine, this is almost as good as the 2005. Silky smooth, almost Burgundian on the finish. A supreme success for the vintage and a must-buy. Outstanding. Drink 2012-2030. Tasted December 2008.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Sep 2009

92

The 2004 Pichon Lalande is a strong effort for the vintage (much better than their underwhelming and much more expensive 2005). A blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it exhibits a deep ruby/purple color as well as scents of cocoa, espresso roast, black cherries, and cassis. Medium to full-bodied, opulent, and fleshy, this classic wine cuts a stylistic persona somewhere between the 1995 and 1996. It can be drunk now or cellared for two decades. Also tasted: 2004 Reserve de la Comtesse (88; $35.00)

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 28 June 2007

90

Shows balance and finesse with aromas and flavors of currants and sweet tobacco with fine tannins and a refined, caressing finish. Drink and enjoy.

James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, July 1st 2013

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