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The 2005 Pichon Lalande, with its aromatics of cassis, forest floor and earth are followed by a medium-bodied wine that doesn’t have quite the length and richness the aromatics suggest. Nevertheless, it is medium-bodied, elegant, and pure, and a classic example for this château. Drink it now as well as over the next 15 or so years. It is showing better than my earlier notes suggest. Drink: 2015 - 2030.
Robert Parker (Wine Advocate #219, Jun 2015)
The Château Pichon-Lalande 2005 that was so divisive at birth but as I expected right from the beginning, this is maturing into a lovely Pauillac. It offers compelling tobacco and graphite scents on the nose, belying the Merlot content of this blend, reserved at first but opening gloriously in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin and well-judged acidity. There is an effortlessness quality about this Pichon-Lalande. ‘tis not the most powerful or decadent Pauillac but its is very sophisticated and refined.
– eRobertParker.com, Feb 2015
Dark, brick-edged red; softly sweet, ripe and oaky to smell; rich, fleshy, vivid, concentrated medium full Pauillac, finely tannic; an abundance of freshly ripe fruit, generous, ample, gently mouthfilling, complex and spicy and with fine aromatic length. Excellent long term Pichon Lalande, fleshy-rich yes, refined, but with sinew too; accessible now, but which will really blossom with a few years more. 2018 – 35
The 2005 Pichon Lalande is not an inspiring wine, particularly within the context of the year and also the vintages that follow in this tasting. Despite its pretty, expressive bouquet, the 2005 is dark, powerful and excessively heavy, with drying tannin that suggests either overextraction or the effects of a growing season marked by severe drought. Time in the glass does seem to help the release of some freshness in the cherry, floral and mint flavors, but the coarse tannins are ultimately impossible to get past. I imagine the 2005 will last for several decades given its concentration, but I don’t expect it to ever be a wine of finesse or nuance. During this era, Pichon Lalande was a wine made by committee. Perhaps for that reason, it does not seem to have an especially well-defined personality. Hubert de Boüard, Eric Boissenot and Denis Dubourdieu all had a hand in the 2005. I am reminded of the classic expression “too many cooks in the kitchen….”
Quality 862 | Brand 992 | Economics 931 |
Quality: Above the average quality score of its peer group for the 2005 vintage, 791 Brand: Strong restaurant presence, featuring on 36 of the world's top wine lists, including Amber - Mandarin Oriental Economics: Below its peer group average price of £110 for the 2005 vintage Production: Lower production than its peer group average of 151,058 bottles
- www.wine-lister.com June 2017