Pichon Lalande 1999
Tasting Notes Pichon Lalande 1999
Tasted at the 1999 horizontal at Bordeaux Index. The '99 Pichon Lalande has another very straight-laced nose that opens up nicely in the glass with scents of blackberry, cedar, wild hedgerow, a touch of sea salt. Very good definition. The palate is medium-bodied, moderate acidity and weight, introverted or perhaps more accurately, understated with a grainy, slightly savoury/tobacco finish. Salty tang on the aftertaste. Just about ticks all the boxes but no fireworks. Drink now-2018. Tasted June 2009.
The 1999 Pichon Lalande performed inconsistently. This wine is a blend of 47% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 7% Petit Verdot. It offers a complex, evolved bouquet of cedar, underbrush, red currants, and spice box. The dark ruby color is not as saturated as many 1999s, and the wine possesses the weight and style of the 1979 and 1981 (both of which are superior to 1999). There is medium body, excellent ripeness, and an angular finish, without the persistence typically found at this chateau. Anticipated maturity: now-2012.