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Recently had the pleasure of tasting the 1986 Chateau Margaux, Lafite-Rothschild and Leoville las Cases so I decided last nite to open a 1986 Pichon Lalande and compare. This wine took forever to open. Initially almost no nose, after three hours, a bit of cedar emerged, extremely long finish, complex and seriously tannic. It started to drink well in the morning after being left in a open decanter overnite. It is a superior wine but I am not sure I will be around to see it in maturity. Michael Broadbent would call this a long distance runner. I think it is one to hand down to the children. 96+ points. IMO all the wines mentioned above, while tannic, are much more open than the Pichon Lalande.
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pippin I think your bottle of 1986 Pichon Lalande must have been an exception. With 25-38% Merlot, Pichon usually matures much faster than Chateau Margaux, especially the 1986 vintage.

1982, 1983, & 1985 Pichon L. are all more approachable than the 1986 version; but the 1986 Margaux is more concentrated and tannic and not nearly as approachable as the 1986 Pichon Lalande (IMHO). I think you had the exception!

I have 2 bottles of the Chateau Margaux and I'll try the next one in 2011-2015, but the 1986 Pichon is on hold for 2006, that is unless I open it sooner Smile!
Originally posted by wine+art:
While I do not think Pichon Lalande matures as early as say Certan de May, I do think they soften sooner than many.

A nose of spice,a little eucalyptus and mushrooms also. A palate of ripe berries,plum and more mineral than tannin on the finish.

A very enjoyable bottle.

Usually, right Bankers do mature sooner than left Bankers. 1986 is a tannic vintage and still the Pichon Lalande has matured faster than many other left Bankers, imo. Don't you agree?
1986 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac (7/14/2013)
Sunday Brown Bag Tasting: 2003 Bordeaux (Mike & Judi's): Opens with Pichon Lalande's telltale green/herbal streak, followed by tobacco, black fruit and spice box notes. Integrated and balanced, with flavors of black fruit, tobacco, spice box and red currants. Forest floor, roasted herbs and red fruit linger on the finish. Absolutely terrific. (94 pts.)

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