Bordeaux Chateaux

Reserve de la Comtesse 2015, Pauillac

R1,995

The Second wine of renowed estate Pichon Longueville Comtesse de la Lalande, standing tall on its own and true to its Terroir of Pauillac

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Description

Description

 

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Additional information

Curated Selection

Top Rated, Second Wines

Grape Variety

Bordeaux Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Other Varietals

Producer

Bordeaux Chateaux

Product Type

Red Wine

Vintage

2015

Wine Group

Prestige

Wine Occasion

Indulgence, Icon & Invest

Wine Region

Bordeaux, Bordeaux – Left Bank

Critics Top Rating

93 points

Story

Story

Château Pichon-Longueville Lalande is one of the most important Super Seconds and this 2ème Cru Classé Pauillac estate has made tremendous strides in the last 20 years. This is largely due to the energy, drive and ambition of May-Eliane de Lenquesaing, who took over the property in 1978 before selling it in 2003 to establish Glenelly estate in Stellenbosch.

Pichon-Longueville Lalande is a 75-hectare property that produces on average 36,000 cases per year. Located in the east of the Pauillac appellation.

Reserve de la Comtesse is their second wine, make from younger vines in an approachable style

Specifications

Specifications

Vineyards – lie on deep gravel beds underpinned by clay and then sandstone and limestone (part of these vineyards actually reside in the St-Julien appellation).

Blend – 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc

Winemaking – As the Grand vin, the wine is fermented in stainless steel cuvées and then matured in oak barriques (50% new) for up to 18 months.

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Pichon-Longueville Lalande is not as powerful or as tannic as some its Pauillac neighbours and this is mainly because of its relatively high Merlot content. In the best years, it is one of the most exotic and voluptuously scented wines of the Médoc. At least a decade of cellaring is required before the wines should be approached.

Critic Ratings

Critic Ratings

James Suckling – 93 points

This is an impressive second wine. It shows a lot of vibrant red berries, blackberries and darker plum fruits. The palate is impressive for the vibrant and lively acidity cast amid sturdy but supple tannins. Second wine from Pichon-Lalande. Try from 2021.

 


Wine Advocate – 90-92 points

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. Try to give this five years and you will be rewarded.


Decanter – 92 points

Right from the first minute, this is cedar-scented, welcoming and super attractive. Restrained but full of vibrancy and life, very good quality. 39hl/ha yield. 40% new oak. 3% Petit Verdot completes the blend.

Drinking Window 2020 – 2034

 


Wine Enthusiast – 93 points

92–94. Barrel Sample. There are plenty of tannins here along with fresh black currant fruits. This wine is structured and firm in the style of a Pauillac. But it also has a softer side, with elegance and light. This wine will develop relatively quickly over the next 10 years.

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