Château Pichon-Lalande Réserve de la Comtesse
Vintage: 2015 (Current)
February 1, 2018, Antonio Galloni
“The 2015 Pichon Comtesse is a towering wine, as it has always been. Rich, sumptuous and totally hedonistic, the 2015 melds together intense fruit with structure... Technical Director Nicolas Glumineau has done a tremendous job with the 2015s at Pichon Comtesse.”
The second growth of Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, the Réserve de la Comtesse, was created and sold for the first time in 1973. Second growths represent between 20 percent and 50 percent of the total production of the Chateau. From the same soil, the second growth benefits from the technology and reputation of the great wine. They are generally excellent wines, though less robust and long-lasting than their elders. The archives kept at Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande mention the existence of a second wine as early as the XIXth century.
Despite all of the surprises, fears and doubts, 2015 turned out to be a remarkable vintage. The growing cycle took place in perfect conditions up until some extremely dry weather in July, leading to worries over low yields. The rain and associated fungal diseases that we usually fear turned out to work for us from mid-July to mid-September, enabling the vine to reach optimum ripeness levels. The wines are distinctive and exceptionally precise yet also dense and restrained. They remind us of the extremely dense yet ethereal Bordeaux’s of the 1980s, with an excellent ageing potential yet able to be enjoyed in their youth.
Complex, fruity nose dominated by blackberry and cedar. Powerful, structured, dense and persistent palate with notes of blackcurrant and tobacco on the finish.
Varietals: 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot