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La Réserve de la Comtesse 2010

Tasting Notes

The 2010 Réserve de la Comtesse has a tight, broody bouquet that feels a little thin compared to its peers in this flight. Red berry fruit, brown spices and iron filing scents only reluctantly emerge, gradually adding weight and in the end the aromatics are very satisfying. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannins and attractive red and black fruit, a little leathery with cedar notes towards the lively finish. This note comes from a second bottle opened, the first was drier and less vigorous. This second bottle is hopefully representative. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 10-Year On Bordeaux horizontal. 2021 - 2032

Neal Martin, vinous.com, April 2020

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, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013

Very polished tannins that caress the palate. Full body. It's fruity, pretty and refined. The mineral and berry character comes through in a subtle way. Second wine of Pichon Lalande. Better in 2016.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2013

16.5 Drink 2016-2024
Very dark but not that purple. Intense and flattering - on the nose anyway. Creamy texture. This would be a lovely introduction to the vintage. Just a little dry and drying on the end but it's gorgeous on the front palate. Odd that they are serving a sample drawn 4 Apr on 7 Apr at the chateau - even though it is in decent nick. I think the frontal charm would flatter enormously. Sweetness and flattery.

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2011

The nose is bramble fresh with some deeper more intense black fruits behind. The tannins are structured but ripe and towards the back the sweetness of the cassis shows through enriching the finish.

Derek Smedley MW, April 2011
Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2011

Floral, fragrant nose, lovely texture and silky elegance with weight and expression to come. Drink 2016-26.

Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 2011
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A blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot, this wine, which hit 13.5% alcohol (the 2009 was 13%) displays loads of chocolatey, herbal, black currant fruit and mocha-infused notes in a dark plum/purple-tinged, fleshy style. Drink it over the next decade.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011

The Reserve de la Comtesse 2010, a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, has a refined bouquet of dark cherries, plum and blackcurrant fruit that you might describe as "neat and tidy". The palate is medium-bodied with quite a plush, generous entry thanks to that ripe Merlot. It is a forward wine for a 2010, very approachable with a fresh finish. It should drink well over the next 10 years. Tasted November 2012.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2013

A blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon and 46% Merlot, delivering 13.4% alcohol with a pH of 3.76 the Reserve has a relatively luscious, generous, Margaux-like bouquet thanks to its floral nature. Good definition and vigour. The palate is medium-bodied with a very tannic, cedar and graphite infused entry thanks to the Cabernet, quite strict and linear, very good weight (the most I have ever seen of a Reserve) with a slightly foursquare finish. Drink 2014-2025. Tasted March 2011.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2011
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