Bring Out Your “Dead”: Pichon-Lalande 1957-2013 (Aug 2022)

The 1991 Pichon-Lalande has an autumnal bouquet: roasted chestnut, smoke, loam and decaying leaves coming through. Not impactful, but this is quite elegant and full of charm. The palate is medium-bodied with a supple opening, and here, maybe the shortcomings of the growing season are more obvious since this is rather one-dimensional. Yet there is a presence and negligible signs of greenness. It actually coheres towards the finish with just a touch of pepper on the aftertaste. Fine. Tasted at the “Difficult Vintage” vertical at the château.