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1989 Château Pichon-Longueville-Comtesse-de-Lalande

Lightly depressed cork

Removed from subterranean passive storage; Purchased at retail; Consignor is original owner

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

98Wine Spectator

Masses of ripe fruit. Blackberry, cassis and spices. Full-bodied and very soft, with round, caressing tannins and a deliciously fresh berry, plum aftertaste.

93Stephen Tanzer

Flamboyant aromas of cassis, currant leaf, tobacco, herbs and animal fur. Sweet, lush and lively; already showing lovely inner-mouth aromatic character.

92Robert M. Parker Jr.

..a sweet, roasted nose of rich cassis fruit, herbs, and vanilla. Lush and round,..outstanding ripeness, and beautiful purity and balance.

17.5Jancis Robinson

REGION

France, Bordeaux, Pauillac

Pauillac is Bordeaux’s most famous appellation, thanks to the fact that it is home to three of the region’s fabled first-growth châteaux, Lafite-Rothschild, Mouton-Rothschild and Latour. Perched on the left bank of the Gironde River north of the city of Bordeaux, Pauillac is centered around the commune of Pauillac and includes about 3,000 acres of vineyards. The Bordeaux classification of 1855 named 18 classified growths, including the three above mentioned First Growths. Cabernet Sauvignon is the principal grape grown, followed by Merlot. The soil is mostly sandy gravel mixed with marl and iron. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that “the textbook Pauillac would tend to have a rich, full-bodied texture, a distinctive bouquet of black currants, licorice and cedary scents, and excellent aging potential.”