The elegance of a gourmand and fresh red Grand Vin of Pauillac
A vintage of challenges and extremes, 2018 will undoubtedly be remembered at the magnificent Pauillac property located on the left bank of Bordeaux - Chateau Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande.
The Second Wine of the prestigious Second Grand Cru Classe of Pauillac, the La Reserve de la Comtesse 2018 is made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (53%), Merlot (42%), Petit Verdot (4%) and Cabernet Franc (1%). The wine is aged for 12 months in oak barrels (40% new oak).
At the tasting, the La Reserve de la Comtesse 2018 seduces with its captivating aromatic bouquet, evolving notes of ripe black fruits. Peppery and minty notes bring a nice freshness. On the palate, the wine evolves great flexibility and generosity, revealing very tasty fruit of great aromatic purity. The perfectly melted tannins endow the wine with an elegant and refined structure, presenting a beautiful frame. With great elegance and persistence, the wine stretches long into the finish. A Pauillac Grand Vin signed Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande in an exceptional vintage.
Parker : 92-94+ / 100
J. Suckling : 93-94 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Most of the plots that were planted since 2011 have gone into this. This second wine represents 41% of the crop. A blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, the very deep purple-black colored 2018 Reserve de la Comtesse opens slowly to offers glimpses and dusty soil, Sichuan pepper, garrigue and tobacco over a core of warm black cherries, cassis and blackberry pie plus a waft of crushed rocks. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with juicy black fruits and loads of earth/mineral nuances, finishing with lovely freshness and a quiet intensity. Very impressive.