The Château Pichon-Lalande 2005 that was so divisive at birth but as I expected right from the beginning this is maturing into a lovely Pauillac. It offers compelling tobacco and graphite scents on the nose belying the Merlot content of this blend reserved at first but opening gloriously in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin and well-judged acidity. There is an effortlessness quality about this Pichon-Lalande. ’tis not the most powerful or decadent Pauillac but its is very sophisticated and refined.