Reserve De La Comtesse Pauillac 2015

The second wine of the legendary Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse De Lalande

The two Pichon Chateaux stand guard at the entrance to Pauillac from St Julien and are two of the most iconic buildings of the Medoc and create two of the most iconic wines. Until recently, Madame de Lencquesaing along with her nephew, Gildas d’Ollone ran this estate with great success. The estate’s vineyards, bordering those of Chateau Latour at the south of the commune have produced many outstanding wines; this is classic Pauillac terroir ideally suited to producing great Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2007, Madame de Lencquesaing sold to Monsieur Rouzaud of the Champagne House, Louis Roederer. The appointment of Nicolas Glumineau, formally of another high flying second growth, Chateau Montrose has really transformed the fortunes of this superb estate. Nicolas has a Midas touch – he has managed to retain all the feminine charms of the Comtesse vineyard, but has added a polish and poise to the wines that is very impressive.

There are currently 89 hectares under vine, 11 of which are in St Julien. The dominant varietal is unsurprisingly Cabernet Sauvignon (45%), but there is a slightly unusual 35% of Merlot planted in this region where Cabernet is king. This is a legacy of the previous owners, the Miailhe brothers. Replanting programs are addressing this balance and over time we will see more Cabernet in both wines.

£49.95
Reserve De La Comtesse Pauillac 2015
Reserve De La Comtesse Pauillac 2015

"Right from the first minute, this is cedar-scented, welcoming and super attractive. Restrained but full of vibrancy and life, very good quality."

92pts Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
Tasting Notes
"The 2015 Reserve de la Comtesse is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. It has a very fine, quite sophisticated and pure bouquet with black cherries, cedar and violet aromas, perfumed and sensual. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, rounded tannin that is cloaked by layers of tobacco-tinged black fruit that segues into a long, lightly spiced finish. This is a delightful, quite serious deuxième vin that I suspect will age much longer than drinkers will afford it." - 90-92pts Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
At A Glance
Country Of Origin France
Region Bordeaux
Grape Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot
Vintage 2015
Producer Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse De Lalande
ABV 13.5%
Style Medium-Bodied
Volume 75cl
Closure Cork
Serving Suggestion Serve Room Temperature
Food Pairing Beef, Cheese, Game
Staff Suggestion Yes
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