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| ||Tasted by Derek Darth Taster on 2/26/2014 & rated 88 points: Big Wednesday Wine Night (Extra Space): Tasted blind.|
Appearance is clear, medium intensity, ruby going garnet colour.
Nose is clean, pronounced intensity, with massive green herbaceousness. Green bell peppers invading my nostrils.
On the palate, medium acidity, medium tannins, full body. Flavours of green bell peppers that actually became more restrained with more air. Sweeter mouth-feel also with more air. Long finish. I initially thought Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon but this somehow lacks the power. I guessed a French Cab Sauv/Cab Franc blend, or maybe even a pure Cab Franc.
This is one for the herby green fan club. (430 views)
| ||Tasted by clairenclarence on 2/26/2014 & rated 90 points: pop n pour.tight.didn't get much ting.may b bttl temperature is cold.decant 15-30 minutes.herbacious notes with little fruits.90 minutes decant 90 minutes.woah,show lots of fruits with herbaciius notes.veri primary which remind me sipping this bttl vintage 05 before.veri new world to me.medium acidity.not enuff of freshness.may b bcoz of the fruits.some potential here (401 views)|
| ||Tasted by Dj6544 on 1/20/2014 & rated 93 points: A lot of pencil lead and smokey gravel here, like a few drops of cassis spilled in an old, cedar cabinet. Fine, delineated palate that shows a lot of breeding. This seems like it is entering maturity with its soft tannin but I think some more age would do it good. The albeit immensely classy oak is a bit overbearing at the minute and I wonder if some more secondary notes would help. Still, a delicious treat. 93 (883 views)|
| ||Tasted by DNABog on 1/14/2014 & rated 87 points: Still drinking nice (Jan 2014) Tar and terroir are predominate but there is still dark rich fruit notes. No funk on the nose. A Nice surprise. (986 views)|
| ||Tasted by dougie on 11/19/2013 & rated 91 points: Reminded me of the type of wine that first got me into this hobby 30 years ago. A rustic, non-fruity wine. California wines have gotten so fruity and sweet, I have become addicted to it. But, thankfully a classic Bordeaux brings back the beautiful spectrum of wines available. clarets rock! (1583 views)|
| ||Tasted by dougie on 4/27/2013 & rated 90 points: Decanted for too long (4 hours). Very nice. (3672 views)|
| ||Tasted by Rojo on 3/8/2013 & rated 91 points: Reddish purple color and surprisingly no brownish tint on the edge yet. Sweet aromas of oak, cocoa, graphite, tobacco box and with aeration emerges black fruits (cherries, plum, cassis). If I could say, for the most part, what you smell is what you get! Well integrated right now. Outstanding! (3825 views)|
| ||Tasted by Eric on 1/30/2013 & rated 89 points: Well this is a pretty and highly proper bottle of Bordeaux. A gorgeous nose of tobacco and cherry moves to a lean, taut and elegant palate. Salty and screaming of mineral. Prior bottles have been more generous than this one, but this is still wonderfully poised and balanced. I am not 100% sure if this is fading or just a slightly shut down bottle, but I have a feeling that there are still plenty of good years ahead for this wine. (4770 views)|
| ||Tasted by JonnyG on 1/27/2013 & rated 91 points: Really hitting its stride, this wine evokes Pauillac from the moment uncorked. Classic barnyard funk on the nose, which blows off to allow the vegetal herbsm green pepper and cherry to emerge. Light to medium-bodied, with a satisfying finish in which black cherries really come to the fore. Delicate and unvaryingly expressive of its terroir. (3875 views)|
| ||Tasted by stinkycook on 10/21/2012: Long decant. Still youthful (4598 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 10/8/2012 & rated 82 points: A bit too much cedar for me. Some tobacco added to the mix. Tart cherry dominates the fruit profile. Lacks depth and doesn't have a layered palate. A good wine but not overly memorable. Orginally scored 87 which was too generous.|
After the second day experience the score would be an 82. It was drinkable but wood overpowered everything. (3552 views)
| ||Tasted by paulst on 9/22/2012 & rated 88 points: Some coffee; nice texture; coarse tannins; moderate finish. (3333 views)|
| ||Tasted by spineguy on 9/9/2012 & rated 88 points: Better second night. Needed at least 4 hour decant. Mature tannins never developed and bit off kilter with fruit balance. (3432 views)|
| ||Tasted by paulst on 9/8/2012 & rated 90 points: Light lead pencil nose; light blackberry; rather well integrated tannins that are rounded; good texture and decent light fruit on mid palate; moderate finish. (2908 views)|
| ||Tasted by Deloos on 8/24/2012 & rated 90 points: Very good, last bottle! (2771 views)|
| ||Tasted by Deloos on 7/19/2012 & rated 91 points: Fantastic nose, vanilla. Very smooth. Soft tanines in the distance, drink now! (2890 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 7/19/2012 & rated 92 points: bordeaux you feel you can drink, blast of lovely cedar, red fruit, penetrating, on the edge acidity, resolved tannins, drink or keep for 5 more years (3087 views)|
| ||Tasted by Wil78 on 7/15/2012 & rated 90 points: no decant. long finish. past its prime. (2946 views)|
| ||Tasted by paulst on 6/4/2012 & rated 89 points: Needs 2 hrs; nice tar and leather and slightly minty nose; light blackberry; could not shake astringency; tannins not well integrated with fruit, but has the great Pichon Lalande Pauillac elements and long finish. (3293 views)|
| ||Tasted by Tao on 4/19/2012 & rated 88 points: This is getting close to full maturity! Nose of Chinese black tea, dried Provincial herbs and some dried nutty fruits! Still very deep in mahogany color and quite unctuous in texture, browm rim! It is quite dry on the palate, but unmistakeably wine of Pichon-Lalande! A clean dry finish! Drink now or keep! Better pair it with food! (3959 views)|
| ||Tasted by curtr on 4/2/2012 & rated 90 points: After 1.5 hour decant showed well. Finally enough age! (3937 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 4/1/2012: Loads of minty aromatics, with chocolate too. Still a bit rustic, best in 3 to 5 more years. (3991 views)|
| ||Tasted by DSo on 3/20/2012 & rated 91 points: drank in a vertical tasting dinner with 88', 89', 00' and 05'. popped and poured, dark ruby colour, great expressive nose, red and blackcurrants, oak, good integration of the soften tannin and the acidity, the structure was very good and everything was very balanced, and a lengthy aftertaste, should be at the peak and it was drinking very well now and could be kept for few more years. (4283 views)|
| ||Tasted by punter on 3/15/2012 & rated 91 points: Immediate nose of dark cherry, violets, plum, peat and funk on the pour of a 2 hour decant that showed a beautiful deep purple color. A year ago, the astringent bite of the first taste was overwhelming - today, it is nearly gone on the pour and dissipates after 30 mns glass time. This has entered its drinking window; tannins have relaxed and dark and dark-red fruit is broad enough to cover the palate, it's picked-up weight and depth, and now becomes delicious after 2 hours of glass time. This will continue to improve over the next 2-3 years - will be worth the wait. (4168 views)|
| ||Tasted by diengo on 2/11/2012 & rated 93 points: Very delicate and complex wine! On the nose, black mature fruits combined with leather, grapite minerality and nice touches of vanillin! On the taste, wine is complex, balanced and very very long! Great example of Pichon Lalande! Tasted along with Les Tourelles of Pichon Baron and this wine showed a more elegant approach! Les Tourelles also great and more masculine! Reserve de la Comtesse 2000 shows a starting maturity that will last at least 5 more years! (4717 views)|
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(Ch Pichon Lalande (Comtesse), Réserve de la Comtesse Pauillac Red) Subscribe to see review text.
|By Lyle Fass|
Rockss and Fruit (11/15/2004)
(Reserve de Comtesse) It was really showing well. It really showed the depth of ripe fruit backed up by solid structure that makes this vintage so special. Great nose of cassis, kirsch, tar, red flowers, tobacco and slight green element that added to the complexity. Wonderful depth on the palate with great purity and sound acidty. Good presence in the midpalate. A very complete wine.
Réserve de la Comtesse Producer website | Read More about Reserve de la Comtesse
This is the second wine of 2. Cru Classé Chateau Pichon Longeville Comtesse de Lalande of Pauillac.
Red Bordeaux Blend Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.
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History of 1855 Bordeaux Classification
Médoc Vins du Médoc (Conseil des Vins du Médoc) - Read More about the Medoc
The eight precisely defined appellations of the whole of the Médoc (from Blanquefort Brook to the north of the Bordeaux built-up area, almost to the Pointe de Grave) may claim the Médoc appellation. But there is also a specific territory in the north of the peninsula which produces exclusively wines with this appellation. In the great majority, the Médocs come from the north of the peninsula. The great individuality of this region is that the number of vines has increased more recently here than elsewhere, apart from a few isolated spots where vines have grown for many years. Today, the size of the small estate has brought about the development of a powerful co-operative movement. Four co-operatives out of five belong to the group called Unimédoc which ensures aging, bottling and marketing a large proportion of their wines.
Pauillac Read more detailed information about Pauillac Looking full onto the river from the earliest days, with an important port activity, traces of which go back to ancient times (shipment of bronze as long ago as 2000 B.C.), Pauillac's life has always been intimately linked to the history of wine. Although port activities were at the root of its prosperity, Pauillac had to wait until the eighteenth century when Bordeaux ceased to hold its privileged position to become a wine port. The town then became the natural outlet for the wine production of neighbouring cantons before reaching its zenith in a period when the vineyards were exceptionally prosperous.
The characteristic of the Pauillac terroir is its exceptional relief: the many undulating ridges make it unique morphologically speaking. Highly favourable conditions facilitate the dissection of the layer of gravel. This thin, Garonne gravel from whose very poverty springs great richness, has an extremely effective natural drainage.
With their velvet red colour with a hint of amber, the wines from the Pauillac appellation, full-bodied and rich in tannin, are vigorous. Powerful when young, their aromas of red fruits (black-currant, raspberry) or flowers (violets, roses, irises) melt with the passing of time into a bouquet which is long in the mouth.
Rich and complex, the wines of Pauillac deserve to be laid down for a little longer.
Production conditions (Decree dated November 14, 1936)
In order to have the right to the Pauillac appellation of controlled origin, red wines must:
- come from the commune of Pauillac and from precisely defined parcels in the communes of Cissac, Saint-Julien, Saint-Estèphe and Saint-Sauveur, "excluding the parcels situated on recent alluvium and sand on impermeable subsoils",
- satisfy precise production conditions : grape-varieties (Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet-Franc, Carmenère, Merlot Noir, Petit Verdot, Cot or Malbec), minimum of sugar (178 grammes - 6.27 oz. - per litre of must) degree (an acquired 10°5) base yield (45 hectolitres per hectare).