Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Reserve de la Comtesse 2016

Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Reserve de la Comtesse 2016

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The story of Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande begins in the late 1600's. Pierre de Rauzan, who was the estate manager of Chateau Latour and also a wine merchant, began buying property in the Medoc region. Upon the marriage of his daughter to a member of the Baron de Pichon-Longueville family, She received land that soon became known as Chateau Pichon Longueville. It remained as one estate until the 1850s when the estate was divided. The male heirs received the Portion that will be known as Chateau Pichon Baron while the female heirs received the part known as Chateau Pichone Longueville Comtesse de Lalande or Chateau Pichon Lalande for short. In the 1920s, the estate was sold at auction to the Miailhe brothers. The family continued as owners of the property until 2007 when the property was sold to Champagne Louis Roederer.

Historically the wine contained a large percentage of Merlot in the blend making it one of the more approachable wines from Pauillac.

Reserve de la Comtesse made its debut in 1973. The second wine of Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, it represent 20%-50% of the production at the Chateau. It is from the same soil, the second wine benefits from the technology and reputation of the Grand Vin.
Wine Advocate: 92
The 2016 Reserve de Comtesse de Lalande is a blend of 37% Merlot, 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, with a modest alcohol level of 13.1% and a pH of 3.71. It has a tightly wound bouquet that perhaps needed more coaxing than some of its peers, but it was worth persisting, as it unveils some lovely cedar-infused black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with quite firm tannin on the entry, moderate depth, a light marine influence upon the black fruit with a little creaminess on the finish. This is a fine Reserve de Comtesse that is on par with the excellent 2015 last year.
Decanter: 92
An incredibly luscious, gorgeously balanced and rich Réserve de la Comtesse. They picked right up until the light October rain, waiting until it had passed before continuing. Those extra few days have contributed to the particularly soft and silky quality of the tannins in the Cabernet Sauvignon, which have a gorgeous density to them. This is a serious wine that could stand up against many Médoc grand vins. The blend here is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot.
Vinous: 93
The 2016 Rserve de la Comtesse is a serious second wine. Dark, ample and voluptuous, the Comtesse will give readers a very good idea of the style and quality of the vintage, namely the interplay of fruit, aromatic freshness and tannin that makes this vintage so compelling. Inky dark and purplish fruit, chocolate, licorice and lavender are some of the notes that infuse the huge finish. Silky, polished tannins add to the wine's considerable appeal. Don't miss it. Tasted three times.
James Suckling: 94
A dense and powerful second wine from PL with layers of fruit and ripe, silky tannins. Shows tension and verve as well as polish. Excellent.