Réserve de la Comtesse 2016 - A.O.C Pauillac
 
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Experts Reviews

90/100
Score dans le Guide Parker
Robert Parker
92/100
Score de Wine Spectator
Wine Spectator
93-94/100
Score de James Suckling
James Suckling
17/20
Score de Jancis Robinson
Jancis Robinson
92/
Score de Decanter
Decanter
90-93/
Score de vinous
Vinous

The 2016 Reserve de la Comtesse is a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple colored, it leaps from the glass with beautiful kirsch, cassis and redcurrants with hints of red roses, black tea, black pepper, chocolate box and cloves. The palate is medium-bodied, very elegant and fresh with gorgeous silken tannins and loads of bright fruit, finishing spicy. Nov 2018, www.robertparker.com
90
points on 100
A touch old-school, featuring savory, tobacco and rosemary accents amid a core of concentrated black cherry, red currant and plum paste flavors. Slightly austere, with chalky minerality harnessing the finish. A savory edge peeks in at the last second. For fans of the style. Best from 2022 through 2035.
92
points on 100
A dense and powerful second wine from PL with layers of fruit and ripe, silky tannins. Shows tension and verve as well as polish. Excellent.
93-94
points on 100
An incredibly luscious, gorgeously balanced and rich Réserve de la Comtesse. They picked right up until the light October rain, waiting until it had passed before continuing. Those extra few days have contributed to the particularly soft and silky quality of the tannins in the Cabernet Sauvignon, which have a gorgeous density to them. This is a serious wine that could stand up against many Médoc grand vins. The blend here is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot.
92
points on 100
Polished and pleasurable. Not a single angle in evidence. What a wonderful wine this would be for an airline first class! But note relatively short drinking period.
17
points on 20
The 2016 Réserve de la Comtesse is a serious second wine. Dark, ample and voluptuous, the Comtesse will give readers a very good idea of the style and quality of the vintage, namely the interplay of fruit, aromatic freshness and tannin that makes this vintage so compelling. Inky dark and purplish fruit, chocolate, licorice and lavender are some of the notes that infuse the huge finish. Silky, polished tannins add to the wine's considerable appeal. Don't miss it.
90-93
points on 100

Description

The Ardileys, the Moulin Riche, Longueville, Grand'Plante, la Chapelle, Virginie, Sophie, Marie-Joséphine ... the plots forming the vineyard form a circle around the castle. Close to the river, the 78 hectares of vines cross the jalle de Saint-Julien to get closer to the Léoville plateau, before expanding on the large Pichon Longueville plateau south of the Pauillac appellation.


La Réserve de la Comtesse

In Bordeaux, the Crus Classés have heterogeneous soils but large enough to allow rigorous selections. Only the owners' desire for excellence led them, from the 18th century, to develop several wines of different qualities. A strict selection is the guarantee of the quality of the great wine but also of the second wine. Today, the second wines represent 20 to 50% of the total production of the château. From the same terroir, they benefit from the same technology as the great wine and also from its reputation. They are generally excellent wines but less robust and able to age less than their elders. The archives kept at Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande mention the existence of a second wine already in the 19th century: on April 27, 1890, shipment of 4 bottles of the second vintage wine 1874 to the Moscow exhibition. In addition, the accounts of 1874, detailing the production of the year, confirm that the second wine is rigorously selected. Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande's second wine, Réserve de la Comtesse, was created and marketed for the first time in 1973.

Technical sheet

  • The producer
    Château Pichon Longueville Lalande
  • Type of wine
    Second wine
  • Appellation
    Pauillac
  • Superficy
    89 hectares
  • Age of the vines
    35 years
  • Harvests
    100% hand harvested
  • Barrels
    33% of new barrels
  • When should you drink it?
    Drink between 2024 and 2036
  • Wine apogee
    2030
  • How is it now?
    Encore jeune on doit le garder en cave
  • Service temperature
    16.5-18°

The vineyard

This Red wine (Second wine) from Pauillac is made with a vineyard that has an area of 89 hectares by Château Pichon Longueville Lalande. The average age of the vines is 35 years. The harvest for this wine are 100% hand harvested.

Into the cellars

This wine has remained 12 months in Oak barrels. For this wine, the estate has made the choice to incorporate 33% of new barrels.

Pauillac

The Pauillac appellation is located on the left bank of the Gironde and brings together exceptional climatic and geological conditions, which allows it to produce very great wines. Capital of the Médoc viticole, the port city of Pauillac gave its name to the appellation. The AOC can boast of having three wines in the first five classified growths of 1855: Lafite Rothschild, Latour and Mouton Rothschild. On its 1,200 ha of vines, Pauillac produces 54,000 hl of red wines each year. Note that Mouton-Rothschild also produces a white wine.
Pauillac is a jewel of the Médoc, it indeed has 18 classified growths which represent 85% of its production. Perched on a beautiful rump of gravels, its terroir is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon assembled with Merlot and to a lesser extent with Petit Verdot and Malbec.