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| ||Tasted by WineCPA on 5/14/2015 & rated 93 points: Medium bodied with a good amount of red fruit on the palate and finish. Bricking around the rim. Rose petals, tobacco & eucalyptus on the nose. Restrained at first. Air helped and let it show its stuff. Really showing well at 15 years old. Can go longer. Drink now-2020. (242 views)|
| ||Tasted by oaxaca90049 on 4/9/2015: Pulled from Bob's cellar. I found it harsh, rough with no fruit at all. Nasty. (765 views)|
| ||Tasted by Purple Tooth on 11/16/2014 & rated 90 points: Believe it or not, this has not fully developed yet! But good secondary development is under way and evident in the awesome nose! Lots of mature cedar and pauillac earth, beginning transition to mushroom and meat...There is an oak component in the middle ruining things a bit...It pokes out in dissidence. Has good grip, so with about 3 to 5 years it should be much better than now. First of a case, will wait for a year before checking in again. (2342 views)|
| ||Tasted by skifree on 10/15/2014 & rated 91 points: My bottle was similar to that of Lebo's. "Lots of earth, tobacco, wet leaves / forest floor" on the nose and initial palate, with a core of fruit underneath. "complex, smooth and well-rounded. Nice balance and mouth feel." Well said! Agree this was excellent for a second wine, and saw no signs that it would not have kept longer. (2447 views)|
| ||Tasted by davebc on 8/11/2014: This bottle was past its prime. (3110 views)|
| ||Tasted by cos65 on 8/10/2014: Boerne wine club - Paris 1976 Redux... (SLC): Round 8 (3140 views)|
| ||Tasted by lebo on 8/3/2014 & rated 93 points: Very old-world / French in style. Lots of earth, tobacco, wet leaves / forest floor and nicely integrated wood on both the nose and palate. Powerful, complex, smooth and well-rounded. Nice balance and mouth feel. Well worth the $29, I'd be content to pay double that. Drinking very nicely now, but should be able to last and evolve for a number of years. (3150 views)|
| ||Tasted by wombat on 6/2/2014 & rated 93 points: Bottle from Enoteca (approx 8,000 yen).|
Bouquet: Floral, earth, cigar box/tobacco, graphite, dried berry, spice
Flavor: Earthy with restrained smokiness, slightly tart cherry, currant and spice.
Comment: Brilliant, good complexity. (2269 views)
| ||Tasted by julius111 on 5/26/2014 & rated 93 points: oh so|
beautiful! i love the style (1878 views)
| ||Tasted by julius111 on 5/26/2014 flawed bottle: corked (1306 views)|
| ||Tasted by Dj6544 on 3/25/2014 & rated 93 points: Exactly as before. Excellently presented in a quiet, unflashy style. Not a huge amount of substance but age may well introduce a welcome secondary element that will go nicely with all that pencil lead oak. 93 (1893 views)|
| ||Tasted by DNABog on 3/20/2014 & rated 85 points: Still drinking well. Plenty of fruit and lots of tar. Went to vinegar the next day. (1761 views)|
| ||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. (2115 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 (1726 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 (2004 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. (1932 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! (2204 views)|
| ||Tasted by dougie on 4/27/2013 & rated 90 points: Decanted for too long (4 hours). Very nice. (4190 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! (4320 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. (5568 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. (4399 views)|
| ||Tasted by stinkycook on 10/21/2012: Long decant. Still youthful (5075 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. (4064 views)
| ||Tasted by paulst on 9/22/2012 & rated 88 points: Some coffee; nice texture; coarse tannins; moderate finish. (3812 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. (3908 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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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).