Pichon Comtesse Reserve 2019

RegionBordeaux
SubregionPauillac
ColourRed
TypeStill

This is the popular second wine of Chateau Pichon Lalande. There is always a high percentage of Merlot in the blend here which makes the wine soft and easy to drink when young. The 2018 is 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. In 2019, the name was changed from Reserve de la Comtesse to Pichon Comtesse Reserve.


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Tasting Notes

Vibrant ruby in the glass, with an effusive nose of fleshy plums and red cherries. The palate is smoky and toasty, adding sweetness to the combination of red and black cherries at the core. This juicy wine is soft, with fine and ripe tannins gently framing the fruit. Generous and approachable, this wine will drink well in its youth.

Score: 16+Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, June 2020

The 2019 Réserve de la Comtesse is conspicuously deep in colour. The bouquet takes time to unfurl with exceedingly pure blackberry, raspberry and cassis aromas, the oak seamlessly integrated. The palate is very well balanced with fresh acidity, fine grain tannins, a touch of salinity developing towards the finish that has more grip than previous vintages. Superb. 2024 - 2044

Score: 92/94Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2020

Réserve de la Comtesse is especially fine in 2019. Wonderfully dark, fleshy and inviting, the Réserve is just striking today. A rush of dark red/purplish fruit builds effortlessly in the glass. More than anything else, the Réserve impresses for its sensual, inviting personality. It is an ideal second wine that is approachable and avoids being excessively serious, as some recent editions have been.

General Manager and Winemaker Nicolas Glumineau describes 2019 as a year of drought, until rains arrived at the end of July and middle of August, which were very important for the maturation of the Cabernets in mid-October. Yields were 42 hectoliters per hectare, which is typical for the château. Glumineau added that the Merlots showed a wider range of quality, while the Cabernets were more homogeneous. In tasting, I found the two wines more differentiated stylistically, which has not often been the case.

Score: 91/93Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, June 2020

This is well structured and approaches 2010 in terms of its weight and depth of fruit. Deep spiced damson on the nose, you would be hard pressed not to say that this is as good as very many Cru Bourgeois 1st wines. Huge depth, similar to the 2018 but a little higher acidity, a little less round, a little more classic Pauillac in character. This is confident and serious with lots of tannins. A great 2nd wine, and a reminder of the consistently successful winemaking that is happening at this estate. Drinking Window 2024 - 2038

Score: 93Jane Anson, Decanter.com, June 2020

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