Pichon Lalande 1990
A noteworthy failure in this vintage, the 1990 Pichon Lalande is slightly green, but that’s not its biggest defect. An absence of concentration, a hollow mid-palate, and shallow currant and plum-like fruit go nowhere on the palate. As I indicated from the very beginning - caveat emptor! Release price: ($450.00/case) *** I have been consistently disappointed by my tastings of the 1990 Pichon-Lalande. Yet never have I rated it as low as I did in this blind tasting. The wine is unmistakably vegetal, austere, and lacking the seductive, sweet, ripe fruit this estate produces in top years. Something clearly went awry for Pichon-Lalande to miss so badly in an exceptional vintage. In this tasting, the wine tasted lean, diluted, intensely herbaceous, and lacking sweetness, depth, ripeness, and charm. Apologists who have badly overrated this wine will no doubt insist that its owners give it additional cellaring, but aging will only exaggerate this wine's lack of balance. Like its northern neighbor in Pauillac, Mouton-Rothschild, this wine is a major disappointment. As I have said before, the 1991 Pichon-Lalande, from a decidedly weak vintage, is a superior wine!
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Last Update October 2015
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