(For more history on Pichon-Lalande, I highly recommend checking out the Wine Doctor's site.) 03 was a visciously hot vintage in most of Europe, so perhaps this wine is not typical of Pichon-Lalande? I would have to taste more Pichon-Lalande to figure that out...luckily, the Wine Doctor has, and concludes that for wines from the Left Bank, it's "not a vintage for those that enjoy typicité." Now that we've gotten that out of the way, this wine has a nose full of chocolate, plum and berry fruit, plus baking spices. It's a nice nose. Very similar flavors once it's actually in your mouth--lots of chocolate character in particular. Silky smooth, with not a lot of tannin. Still, it has obvious structure, and while a little hollow, it's delicious and suave. However, it's quite expensive relative to what I know that I can get from places other than Bordeaux. This is one of those semantics things--it's Bordeaux! It doesn't break the bank! It must be worth paying for! Sadly, I don't think that's always true...one only has to look to Argentina (and lots of other places too, for what it's worth) to find a wine that is less, but totally ass kicking. Maybe not quite as elegant, but give it six years, and it probably will be. C+/B- (The price is dragging it down)
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