I am sitting at Zafferano, the best Italian restaurant in London, with Gildas d’Ollone, general manager of Château Pichon-Longueville-Lalande. We just finished tasting 14 vintages of Pichon-Lalande during a Farr Vintners' tasting. (Stay tuned for a report later.) There were some extraordinary wines, such as the 2003, 2000, 1989, 1986,and 1982.
But there was some debate with the 1995 and 1996. The 1996 was much more open, soft and fruity, while the 1995 was more tight and tannic. It needed time. “I thought it would have been the opposite,” said Gildas.
I have to say the same. My tasting in Bordeaux of both vintages in a little over a week should be very interesting indeed. Wait and see.