La Réserve de la Comtesse 2014


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Tasting Notes

The 2014 Réserve de la Comtesse has a slightly meaty/dried blood scented bouquet that lacks the delineation and charm of Tourelles de Longueville. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, austere but there is a decent line of acidity and sufficient fruit on the finish to maintain balance. It just lacks excitement and a sense of energy. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. 2020 - 2032

Score: 90Neal Martin,, March 2018

The 2014 Reserve de Comtesse de Lalande has a very fresh and vibrant bouquet with lovely cedar-infused black fruit that sings of Pauillac-ness (apologies for the made-up word!). The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp and elegant with a keen line of acidity. This feels quite linear at the moment and perhaps the finish could have dealt more complexity commensurate with the aromatics. Yet there is bundles of freshness infused into this Deuxième Vin and there is a palpable salinity on the aftertaste. Drink Date 2018-2030

Score: 91Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Interim En), April 2017

Rose-petal, cassis-bush and berry aromas. Medium to full body, tangy acidity and a soft and velvety mouthfeel. Round and friendly. Second wine of Pichon Lalande. Drink in 2019.

Score: 92James Suckling,, February 2017

The 2014 Reserve de La Comtesse is a delicious second wine. Soft, open-knit and caressing, the 2014 offers striking textural depth to balance its dark red/purplish fruit. Spice, tobacco, menthol and licorice wrap around the juicy, super-expressive finish. A burst of aromatic freshness gives the wine its sense of proportion. The Reserve de La Comtesse is one of Bordeaux's most polished second wines, which, among other things, makes it an ideal red to drink over the next decade or so. The blend is 59 % Cabernet Sauvignon and 41 % Merlot.

Score: 92Antonio Galloni,, February 2017

Tasted blind. Very dark crimson. Light, correct, classic nose. Rather loose but lots of ripe fruit even if there is not that much tannin. The Merlot comes through. Very easy to like in the short term.
Drink 2021-2029

Score: 16.5Jancis Robinson MW,, February 2018

This is the second wine of Chateau Pichon Lalande.

 Farr Vintners, March 2015

Both of the 2014s are a small step back from what was accomplished in 2015, but are nevertheless terrific wines and up with the crème de la crème of the vintage. The 2014 Reserve De Comtesse De Lalande offers a classic Cabernet Sauvignon nose of ripe currants, plums, and Asian spices in a rounded, medium to full-bodied, plump, seductive style. It’s already impossible to resist (and I see no need to delay gratification) but will keep for 10-15 years. 2018 - 2033

Score: 89Jeb Dunnuck,, November 2017

Deep, with a core of steeped plum, cassis and raspberry paste notes that are easily carried by a graphite spine, while anise and roasted apple wood details fill in the background. Shows lots of briary energy through the finish. Best from 2018 through 2026.

Score: 90James Molesworth,, February 2017

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