1996 Pichon Lalande

Pichon Lalande

95Average Score
Red
12x75cl
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0 Immediate | 3 Marketplace
£2,564.00
6x75cl
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0 Immediate | 2 Marketplace
£1,283.00
3xMags
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0 Immediate | 1 Marketplace
£1,283.00
Bts
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0 Immediate | 4 Marketplace
Duty Paid
£215.00
Scores & Notes
Average Score
95
Critic Notes

The 1996 Pichon-Lalande is just as awesome from bottle as it was from multiple cask tastings. For Pichon-Lalande, the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon is atypically high. This wine normally contains 35-50% Merlot in the blend, but the 1996 is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot. Only 50% of the estate's production made it into the grand vin. The color is a saturated ruby/purple. The nose suggests sweet, nearly overripe Cabernet Sauvignon, with its blueberry/blackberry/cassis scents intermixed with high quality, subtle, toasty new oak. Deep and full-bodied, with fabulous concentration and a sweet, opulent texture, this wine was singing in full harmony when I tasted it in January. Given the wine's abnormally high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon, I would suspect it will close down. It possesses plenty of tannin, but the wine's overwhelming fruit richness dominates its personality. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2025.|| Wine Advocate.April, 1999

Score: 96-/100Robert Parker

The 1996 Pichon-Lalande has long been one of the high points of this Pauillac estate and now at 20 years of age it is firing on all cylinders. You cannot have any complaints against the nose: intense blackberry, cedar and graphite, all beautifully delineated, demand your attention. The palate offers exquisite balance, refined and yet intense, the Cabernet Sauvignon clearly in the driving seat but assisted by the Merlot that imparts the crucial fleshy texture on the finish. Red berry fruit, cigar box, mint, juniper berries ... this is a complex and riveting Pauillac wine that is going to cruise along its drinking plateau for many years. This is outstanding. Tasted July 2016. Oct 2016, www.robertparker.com

Score: 96-/100Neal Martin

Wonderful perfumes of blackberry, Indian spice and eucalyptus. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and firm tannins. Needs some time to loosen up.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2008.James Suckling, Wine Spectator 2007

Score: 92-/100Wine Spectator
F+R Opinion
2014: THE F+R PICKS. PICHON-LALANDE
Mark my words here: Pichon-Lalande is an estate to watch. The terroir here and its potential has never been in question.  The 1996 is praised by many as being of first growth quality, and anyone lucky enough to own or have drunk the 1982 will tell you that it is about as good a bottle of claret as one could ...
ON April 21, 2015
Blending Masterclass at Chateau Pichon Lalande
Blending is an art form and remains rarely understood amongst us normal wine enthusiasts. The more one thinks about the process and the many variables the more difficult it seems to contemplate. The choices seem endless and the more one tastes the more confusing it seems to get! How can you tell that a certain combination is better than another? ...
ON May 11, 2018
Emeline Borie Introduces a Progressive New Approach in Pauillac
Emeline Borie has big shoes to fill as she takes on her newest role as the President of Pauillac. Emeline was elected in October of last year, taking over from the larger-than-life Jean Michel Cazes, the owner of Chateau Lynch Bages. Emeline however is no stranger to Pauillac, having been born and raised at Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste, one of ...
ON July 12, 2018
St Julien vs. Pauillac - Tasting in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour
Head of F+R Asia Ross Eva shares his notes from an evening spent sampling some of the very best Bordeaux, against the bright lights of Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour...  Working in the wine trade is not without perks. One of the best is that when a client asks you to help out with an event they’re hosting it usually means ...
ON October 9, 2015
2014 Bordeaux: a wine of the vintage?
This morning sees the release of 2014 Pichon-Lalande, a wine that we rated as one of the vintage's best.  Nicolas Glumineau, a man with both 2009 and 2010 Montrose on his CV, is getting his feet under the table at Pichon-Lalande and the 2014 is everything that Comtesse should be: elegant, feminine and regal. Moreover, it is pure, pure Pauillac. ...
ON May 22, 2015
Product details
Country
France
Region
Bordeaux
Sub-region
Pauillac
Colour
Red
Taste
Dry
Alcohol %
13%
Product Type
Still wine
Product Subtype
-
Drinking Window
-
Country
France
Region
Bordeaux
Sub-region
Pauillac
Colour
Red
Taste
Dry
Alcohol %
13%
Product Type
Still wine
Product Subtype
-
Drinking Window
-
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