|Bordeaux||1981||Pichon Lalande New|
Ex Chateau, 2021 Release
|BT||4 \ 0||48||2,100.00||12||48||233.33333333333||89.00||89.00||Pichon Lalande||0.75||10|
|Wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.|
This has always been one of the sexiest, most delicious wines from the 1981 vintage. It still possesses a dark ruby/purple color. While the 1981 is less powerful than the 1982 and 1983, it reveals copious quantities of sweet black currant fruit, good flesh for the vintage, and a pure, nicely-textured and balanced style. This wine remains vibrant and youthful
The 1981 Pichon-Lalande was served with the 1982 and 1983 by estate director Nicolas Glumineau. I must confess that I was shocked how well it showed, far surpassing the example shown at a vertical a few months earlier. This has a lovely bouquet of black fruit, autumn leaves, cedar and bay leaf, clearly bestowed with more vigor than previous bottles. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, leather and sage-infused fruit, like before. A melted finish indicates that this '81 will never get better. But it is delicious and in no way embarrassed by the 1982. Tasted at the château.
Tasted at the Fine Wine Experience’s Pichon-Lalande vertical in London. Showing a lot of maturity with its wide tawny rim, the nose is fully mature with singed leather, wild mushroom, green leaves, perhaps a little lean BUT give it 30 minutes in the glass and wow, what a wonderful espresso-scented nose! The palate is medium-bodied with good acidity, perhaps a little pinched and lean and if I recall showing better 3-4 years ago. Hints of blackberry, leather and a little thyme. But there is elegance and a sense of harmony towards the finish. This is still a decent Pauillac for the 1981 vintage and no doubt given it value, worth every penny. But drink soon. Tasted December 2008.