Fully mature and not likely to get any better, showing some orange amber at the edge, the cedary, spice box, slightly herbal 1983 Pichon-Lalande is medium-bodied, very elegant, and needs to be drunk up.
A stunning wine, Pichon-Lalande's 1983 has been gorgeous to drink for a number of years. It is one of the finest 1983s, especially for a northern Medoc. The color remains a dark ruby/purple, with slight lightening at the edge. The knock-out nose of roasted herbs, sweet, jammy black currants, and pain grille is followed by a full-bodied, gorgeously concentrated and well-proportioned wine with low acidity, plenty of glycerin, and a savory, highly extracted, fleshy mouthfeel. This has always been one of the stars of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: Now-2008. Last tasted 6/97
The 1983 Pichon Lalande has a deep mahogany/garnet core with tawny rim. At first acquaintance it seems rather disjointed, but then the bouquet gains more harmony with aeration, leafy with tobacco, burnt toast and dried orange peel. The palate is medium-bodied, very well balanced with good weight and harmony. Savoury fruits, red cherry, dried herbs, a citrus edge with good length on the sedate, refined finish. A lovely 1983 although it is probably just past its peak now. Drink now-2020.