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The second wine of Chateau Pichon Lalande, this is a soft, generous wine with juicy-sweet fruit flavours given complexity by notes of smoke and dried flowers - This will be drinking beautifully within 5 years and will hold for another 10 or more. James Griswood - Wine Buyer
16.5 Jancis Robinson
91 Points Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate 20/02/2012
Made from a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc, the second wine, the 2009 Reserve de la Comtesse, exhibits notes of forest floor, white chocolate, licorice, black currants and vanillin-infused black cherries. It possesses a sweet, round, generous style given its high glycerin. Both the Reserve de la Comtesse and Pichon Lalande have about 13% alcohol, slightly lower than most Pauillacs achieved in 2009. Drink it over the next 10 years.
Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande (to give it its full name) was once part of the larger Pichon estate. The complex Napoleonic inheritance laws meant that when Joseph died in 1850 leaving only one surviving son, he could not inherit the whole estate as sole heir. The estate therefore was divided - Raoul taking the share that was to become Pichon-Baron, the daughters the other half which was named Pichon-Lalande after the eldest daughter Marie Laure, Comtesse de Lalande. In 1925, the estate was sold to the Miailhe family and managed for many years by the formidable Madame de Lencquesaing until 2007. It is now in the hands of the Rouzaud family, owners of the prestigious Champagne Roederer. Reserve de la Comtesse is the estate's second wine made from grapes rejected for the Grand Vin.
Thomas Dô Chi Nam
Pauillac is situated in the heart of the Haut-Medoc and is arguably the most famous of the left bank appellations, not least because 3 of the 5 first growths are in the Pauillac appellation. The starting point for Pauillac's outstanding quality is the soil - largely free-draining gravel, which is ideal for growing Cabernet Sauvignon. Although the Chateaux have become increasingly adept at creating their own individual character, nonetheless there is still an identifiable Pauillac style: full, rich and characterized by the classic cassis and cedarwood aromas of oak-aged Cabernet Sauvignon. The majority of Pichon-Lalande's vineyards are located to the south of the appellation on the border with St. Julien