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Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande


  • 91 Points - The Wine Advocate

    ”The 2014 Reserve de Comtesse de Lalande has a very fresh and vibrant bouquet with lovely cedar-infused black fruit that sings of Pauillac-ness (apologies for the made-up word!). The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp and elegant with a keen line of acidity. This feels quite linear at the moment and perhaps the finish could have dealt more complexity commensurate with the aromatics. Yet there is bundles of freshness infused into this Deuxième Vin and there is a palpable salinity on the aftertaste." - Neal Martin

  • "The 2012 Réserve de la Comtesse (64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot) has a surprisingly dense ruby/purple color, some chocolaty blackcurrant fruit, soft tannins and a nice, medium-bodied mouthfeel. It is an ideal second wine for drinking over the next 12-15 years." Robert Parker

  • ”Pichon Lalande's second wine, the 2011 Reserve de la Comtesse offers juicy, cherry, red and black currant notes as well as a medium-bodied, elegant, finesse style. It is already drinking well and should continue to evolve nicely for another decade.“ Robert Parker

  • "If you’re looking for something much more drinkable, then check out the blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot, the 2010 Comtesse de Lalande, the second wine of this estate. Sweet mulberry, black cherry, licorice, and forest floor notes dominate this medium-bodied, fleshy, soft wine, which should be drunk over the next decade.” Robert Parker

  • 91 Points - The Wine Advocate

    "Made from a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc, the second wine, the 2009 Reserve de la Comtesse, exhibits notes of forest floor, white chocolate, licorice, black currants and vanillin-infused black cherries. It possesses a sweet, round, generous style given its high glycerin. Both the Reserve de la Comtesse and Pichon Lalande have about 13% alcohol, slightly lower than most Pauillacs achieved in 2009.” Robert Parker

  • 91 Points - The Wine Advocate

    "Given my derisory tasting notes out of barrel, I was gobsmacked by the showing (blind) of the 2006 Reserve de la Comtesse at Farr Vintners' horizontal. It has a lifted bouquet with blackberry and graphite aromas, strict but focused, aloof even. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, smooth in the mouth, but not quite as complex as the nose suggests, with spicy black fruit, graphite and sage towards the finish. I will seek to re-taste this at a later date to reconfirm this showing.” Robert Parker

One of the most important Super Seconds, Château Pichon-Longueville Lalande is a 75ha property in the east of the Pauillac appellation. The wines aren't as powerful or tannic as those of neighbouring vineyards mainly due to their high Merlot content (the vineyards are planted with 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot). In the best years, Château Picohon-Longueville Lalande produces the most exotic and voluptously scented wines in the Médoc.

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