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Chateau Pichon Longueville, Lalande 1996

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2398
Lot:
85
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Auction:
Fine Wines - 2398
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
March 14, 2008 6:00PM

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Chateau Pichon Longueville, Lalande 1996
Pauillac, 2eme Cru Classe excellent levels and appearance
"The 1996 Pichon-Lalande is just as awesome from bottle as it was from multiple cask tastings. For Pichon-Lalande, the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon is atypically high. This wine normally contains 35-50% Merlot in the blend, but the 1996 is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot. Only 50% of the estate's production made it into the grand vin. The color is a saturated ruby/purple. The nose suggests sweet, nearly overripe Cabernet Sauvignon, with its blueberry/blackberry/cassis scents intermixed with high quality, subtle, toasty new oak. Deep and full-bodied, with fabulous concentration and a sweet, opulent texture, this wine was singing in full harmony when I tasted it in January. Given the wine's abnormally high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon, I would suspect it will close down. It possesses plenty of tannin, but the wine's overwhelming fruit richness dominates its personality. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2025." R. Parker, 96 pts. 04/99 8 half bottles
Estimate $500-700

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Chateau Pichon Longueville, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, French wines, Merlot, Petit verdot, Wine

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