No Reserve placed on this auction lot.
“A stunning wine, Pichon-Lalande’s 1983 has been gorgeous to drink for a number of years. It is one of the finest 1983s, especially for a northern Medoc. The color remains a dark ruby/purple, with slight lightening at the edge. The knock-out nose of roasted herbs, sweet, jammy black currants, and pain grille is followed by a full-bodied, gorgeously concentrated and well-proportioned wine with low acidity, plenty of glycerin, and a savory, highly extracted, fleshy mouthfeel. This has always been one of the stars of the vintage”.
Robert Parker. (Bordeaux Book. Third Edition).
According to Winesearcher,the current average retail price on a bottle of 1983 Pichon Longueville-Lalande is £152.00 (Ex VAT and Duty).
The last two tasting notes on this wine on Cellartracker:-
“In my cellar since release and purchased on future in mid-’80’s. The wine is a translucent medium brick-garnet…looks fully mature and about right for its 35+ years of age. Decanted at 4:30pm and enjoyed over the next 5 hours. Initially the nose exploded with leather, pipe tobacco, black earth, menthol/mint and berry briar. Palate very restrained. More later…. well, this evolved nicely in the decanter and actually deepened in color to more of a classic middle aged garnet, bricking almost disappeared. Nose remained leather and tobacco centric but added some cassis, graphite and black plum to the mix after several hours. Medium bodied yet very long and vibrant for its age. Very long finish and layers of secondary and tertiary flavors like wet leaves and briars, forest floor, chocolate in addition to the leather and tobacco. Outstanding!”.
” Dark red color, 1cm tranisitional margin. Great way to start the vertical. This is in the prime drinking window. There’s a great nose of earth, funk, leather, graphite, red fruits, cherry, a little herbaceous (in a good way). The palate is medium bodied, refined, dark red cherry, graphite, earth, really soft texture. A little more acid and a touch of dried wood on the finish. This is resolved or nearly so. Fantastic”.