Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Reserve de la Comtesse
| Wine Advocate 91 points (Jul 2013)
Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Reserve de la Comtesse ’09 is very rich and quite heady on the nose: mulberry and dark plum. The palate is medium-bodied with slushy tannins. It is smudged but generous with a rounded plumy finish. This is more approachable and easy-drinking than I expected. Tasted January 2013
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. Drink it over the next 10 years.