Review Score 94Wine Advocate 93Jeb Dunnuck 93Decanter 93
Bordeaux

2018 Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Réserve de Pichon Comtesse

6 x 750ml
42% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc Chaque grappe de Réserve de la Comtesse doit pouvoir aller dans le 1er vin. Robe pourpre violacé. L’identité de Pauillac se révèle en une fraction de seconde au nez. Mais pas seulement Pauillac, et c’est bien là le point essentiel, c’est la Comtesse ! Beaucoup de fruits et de minéralité au nez, accompagnés d’une agréable fraîcheur. Attaque friande, juteuse et fruitée. Au palais, le vin se révèle lentement, à l’image de ses tannins qui sont parfaitement intégrés et qui gagnent en puissance au fil du palais. Belle intensité aromatique, idéalement soutenue par la structure. Finale fruitée persistante. Un grand vin avec un beau potentiel. 2024-2038 Read more
Critic Reviews
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94 POINTS
Yves Beck - Yvesbeck.wine

42% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc Chaque grappe de Réserve de la Comtesse doit pouvoir aller dans le 1er vin. Robe pourpre violacé. L’identité de Pauillac se révèle en une fraction de seconde au nez. Mais pas seulement Pauillac, et c’est bien là le point essentiel, c’est la Comtesse ! Beaucoup de fruits et de minéralité au nez, accompagnés d’une agréable fraîcheur. Attaque friande, juteuse et fruitée. Au palais, le vin se révèle lentement, à l’image de ses tannins qui sont parfaitement intégrés et qui gagnent en puissance au fil du palais. Belle intensité aromatique, idéalement soutenue par la structure. Finale fruitée persistante. Un grand vin avec un beau potentiel. 2024-2038

Expert Review
93 POINTS
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW - Wine Advocate

Most of the plots that were planted since 2011 have gone into this. This second wine represents 41% of the crop. A blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, the very deep purple-black colored 2018 Reserve de la Comtesse opens slowly to offers glimpses and dusty soil, Sichuan pepper, garrigue and tobacco over a core of warm black cherries, cassis and blackberry pie plus a waft of crushed rocks. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with juicy black fruits and loads of earth/mineral nuances, finishing with lovely freshness and a quiet intensity. Very impressive.

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93 POINTS
Jeb Dunnuck

Starting with the second wine of the estate, the 2018 Réserve De Comtesse checks as a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. It's another rock star of a second wine that taste more like a grand vin with its terrific perfume of crème de cassis, blackberry, graphite, high-class tobacco, and earth. It's deep, medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced, and has serious length.

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93 POINTS
Jane Anson - Decanter

As with the first wine of Comtesse, this is one to look out for in 2018. It’s seductive but with a minerality and pull through the palate joined by plush raspberry and damson fruits – so much depth but also so pretty. As the tannins close in the finish is a little tighter than the mid-palate and when you return to it after tasting the first wine the fruit flavours have been joined by liquorice and touches of woodsmoke, it’s delicious. The split is 50/50 between first and second wine in 2018, with over 90% of the total production used. 1% Cabernet Franc makes up the blend. 9% press wine. 3.85pH, 87IPT.

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93 POINTS
James Suckling

A rich and dense second wine of Pichon Lalande with a full body, round and juicy tannins and a fruit-driven finish. Chewy, too.

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92 POINTS
Jean-Marc Quarin - Jean-Marc QUARIN
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91 POINTS
Neal Martin - Vinous

The 2018 Réserve de la Comtesse is matured in 40% new oak, 30% one year old and 30% two years old. It has a relatively opulent bouquet, although not overdone, armed with copious blackberries, iodine and violet scents that gain intensity in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly grainy tannin and pure black fruit laced with graphite and white pepper, leading to quite a dense but focused finish. This is a powerful Réserve de la Comtesse that will require three to five years in bottle.

Expert Review
91 POINTS
James Molesworth - Wine Spectator

Cassis, blackberry, pepper and tobacco notes are in the mix, with good energy on the graphite-edged finish. Shows textbook typicity, and should be ready in the near term after bottling.

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Winemakers Note

Reserve of Pichon Comtesse, the worthy ambassador of its elder brother Ideally located in Pauillac, on the banks of the Gironde Estuary, the Pichon Comtesse vineyard covers 102 hectares (252 acres). Here, the vineyard and the wines are managed independently of each other. Each of the estate's plots are tended throughout the year with equal attention to detail and precision before the grapes are harvested and vinified separately. Then comes the time to taste these various expressions of the terroir, an important step during which the specific composition of each wine is blended. In perfect harmony with the Grand Vin, Réserve de Pichon Comtesse, the estate's second wine, offers another interpretation of the unique and singular style of this Pauillac Grand Cru Classé. This subtle and elegant wine is delicately revealed through floral and fruity notes. Its depth and balance, direct yet velvety, give it unique grandeur in which the language of the senses is key. It goes beyond mere taste. Full of charm, it has that extra-special something that makes it stands out as a true ambassador for Pichon Comtesse. Réserve de Pichon Comtesse benefits from the same high quality work as the Grand Vin and includes in its blend young vines recently replanted and located on the greatest terroirs of this vineyard. A true introduction to the Pichon Comtesse style, its high quality combined with its price make it a particularly interesting opportunity.

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