Reserve de la Comtesse, Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac 2015

Reserve de la Comtesse, Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac 2015


Reserve de la Comtesse is the Second wine of Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande ('Pichon Lalande'), 2nd growth Grand Cru is one of the most prestigious appellations of Pauillac in Bordeaux.  

Pichon-Lalande has an unusually high proportion of Merlot in the blend. In style, it is elegant and fine rather than a powerhouse, managing to combine great depth of fruit with a lightness of touch. Its combination of abundant but fine tannins, firm acidity and taut structure allows it to age gracefully, creating a silky, alluring wine in maturity. "An iron fist within a velvet glove!"

Available in 6 bottles wooden cases, if you prefer.

Drink 2020 - 2030

(Incl. 19% VAT, €56,67 / liter)

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17 points, Jancis Robinson - Really very opulent - just like blackberry juice! Until some slightly drying tannins on the end. Very Merlot-influenced with great sweetness. Early maturing. A real fleshy charmer.

92 points, Jeannie Cho Lee - Wonderful concentration with elegance and intense perfume - violets and cassis, blackberries with layers of cassis. Beautiful silky tannins with finesse and delicacy. This year the Cabernet was very good so the blend is 53% Cabernet and 40% Merlot. Long and fine - great Reserve.

90-92 points, Neal Martin, for Robert Parker - It has a very fine, quite sophisticated and pure bouquet with black cherries, cedar and violet aromas, perfumed and sensual. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, rounded tannin that is cloaked by layers of tobacco-tinged black fruit that segues into a long, lightly spiced finish. This is a delightful, quite serious deuxième vin that I suspect will age much longer than drinkers will afford it. Try to give this five years and you will be rewarded.