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Château Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac, 2nd growth 1983
Just a fabulous wine. Deep, deep colour with little sign of age. On the nose a wonderful, sumptuous depth of sweet cassis fruit, with elegant hints of cigar-box and mineral notes. The wine is thick and powerful in the mouth, but has layer upon layer of blackcurrant, plum and black cherry fruit, beautifully integrated tannins and barely noticeable acidity. The background of supportive, sweet vanillin oak floods the palate filling-in any hint of space left by the opulent fruit and adding delicious complexity. This is not at all a "flashy" style of wine. Huge length and a fine, firm finish, but still that lushness of pure, concentrated fruit. This really is a spectacularly good '83 - better than the Latour, Haut-Brion, Las-Cases or Ducru of that year. Magnificent. From a half bottle. (12/98).