The 30-year old Bordeaux, 1990 Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande from Pauillac, in Bordeaux’s Medoc, scored 19 points on the Dionysian scale of a possible 20. With 12.5% alcohol, it cost under $50 back then. After decanting, the wine held for nearly two hours before fading slightly.


Served with grilled duck breast instead of lamb, with a sweet potato side, the wine was heavenly.

Red and black fruit mixed with some tobacco, and an ever so slight hint of leather, made the wine complex and easy to drink. It was a wine to smell over and over. Even with food in your mouth, the wine was the focal point of the meal. (Side note) after six years of ranking behind the Pichon Baron, the 2017 Lalande is back and is one of the top 2017 Pauillac wines. In Vino Veritas.