Pichon Comtesse Réserve, Pauillac
Château Pichon-Longueville, Comtesse de Lalande

Pichon Comtesse Réserve, Pauillac,



Pichon Comtesse Réserve, Pauillac, 2018

Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
Pichon Comtesse Réserve, Pauillac, 2018
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Independent
The 2018 Reserve de Pichon Comtesse is deep garnet-purple in color. It has a nose of dried herbs, baked blackberries, and dried mulberries, plus suggestions of blackcurrant pastilles and black olives. Medium-bodied, the palate delivers herb-tinged black fruits, with a chewy texture and a firm finish.
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Neal Martin, Vinous
The 2018 Réserve de Pichon Comtesse has undergone a discreet change of name since the 2017 vintage. What has not changed is that it’s a knockout Second Label. It ladles out gorgeous scents of blackberry mixed with iodine and violets, just as it did from barrel. The palate is quite rich and generous, with saturated, pliant tannins, a very fine line of acidity and hints of graphite furnishing the finish. Give it, say, three years in bottle and you will have a delicious wine on your hands.
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Château Pichon-Longueville, Comtesse de Lalande

Château Pichon-Longueville, Comtesse de Lalande

The Pichon Chateaux stand guard at the entrance to Pauillac from St Julien. These formidable structures on opposite sides of the D2 are two of the most iconic buildings in the Medoc and produce some of the most celebrated wines. Until the early 2000s, Madame de Lencquesaing along with her nephew, Gildas d’Ollone ran this estate with great success. The vineyards, bordering those of Chateau Latour at the south of the commune have produced many outstanding wines; this is classic Pauillac terroir ideally suited to producing great Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2007, Madame de Lencquesaing sold to Monsieur Rouzaud of the Champagne House, Louis Roederer. The appointment of Nicolas Glumineau, formally of another high flying second growth, Chateau Montrose has really transformed the fortunes of property. Nicolas’ Midas touch has resulted in a string of outstanding wines, which retain all the feminine charms of the Comtesse vineyard, whilst adding precision, power and a certain polish. Its presence amongst our favourite wines of the primeur tastings is a given. There are very few chateaux producing wines at this level and with such consistency.

There are currently 89 hectares under vine, 11 of which are actually in St Julien. The dominant varietal is unsurprisingly Cabernet Sauvignon (45%), but slightly unusually for this appellation where Cabernet is King, 35% of the vineyards are planted with Merlot. This is a legacy of the previous owners, the Miailhe brothers. Replanting programs are addressing this balance and over time we will see more Cabernet in both the grand vin and the Pichon Comtesse Reserve.

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