Dark in colour, glossy. A lot more restrained on the nose than the 2010 Reserve, much finer fruit, more depth. Quite tight and closed, hints of tobacco and spices. On the palate firm, spicy, well structured, with ripe but grippy tannins, good acidity, very fine length. Needs time, but should be excellent. 94-95+
Pichon vertical with 16 vintages. We had a long time, but many wines so some (especially the 2000s ) were harder to differentiate. This is a big, young wine that became more attractive after several days. Dark purple with berries and some earthy smells. This is less of a claret then the older wines. It is hard to imagine that this wine will be like the lovely vintages of the 60s and 80s since it seems more fruit concentrated, oak influenced and less structured. Still it seems like more positive development may come and perhaps someone in 50 years will be declaiming its elegance.
Bordeaux 2009 vs. 2010 - check in on 10 High Performers: Dark purple. Discrete nose of red fruit, cedar wood, mocha, vanilla and toasted oak, very similar to the 2009. On the palate a bit denser and fresher than the 09, with soft tannins and good fruit as well. I prefer this to the 09. At the same time this is as well a bit too toasty for me. Let’s see how this integrates when it gets older. It did well with the group though (Group Score 96.1/RP95)
Tried over 50 Bordeaux 2010 wines at a tasting and I have to say that Pichon Comtesse was the stand out wine.
So much depth and layers of complexity. One moment on the nose was layers of dense toast and mocha then once returning to the glass minutes later blackcurrant, leather and vanilla. Very good structure for ageing - fine integrated tannins and excellent acidity.
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(Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande) Very dark ruby color; appealing, tart black currant, ripe plum, vanilla nose; tight, delicious, tart black currant, black fruit, espresso palate with plush, sweet tannins; needs 3-4 years; long finish (66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot)
(Chateau Pichon-Lalande (Pauillac)) The harvest here brought in 40 hl/ha overall, and the final blend for the grand vin is Cabernet Sauvignon 66%, Merlot 24%, Cabernet Franc 7% and Petit Verdot 3%. The alcohol is 13.6%, the pH 3.7 and IPT 73. The wine has a vibrant purple hue with a crimson rim. A seductive red fruit aroma here, tinged with a little black plum and damson. Quite feminine in style, aromatic, beautifully perfumed. A very restrained style in the mouth, showing a stony definition at first, not as seductive as the nose perhaps suggested, here showing a gentle and harmonious style with perfumed red fruits sitting over fine-grained tannins. Very attractive and composed, elegant, but with an appealing if rather linear style here. Very polished in the end, entrancing and composed. And a good grip to the finish too. Lots of finesse here. Maybe I should score this a little higher?
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