Château Pichon Comtesse Réserve de la Comtesse

Pauillac, France

Vintage:2020 (Current)

2015 (Past) | 2016 (Past) | 2017 (Past) | 2018 (Past) | 2019 (Current) |

Tech Sheet Download Download PDF with Scores Download PDF without Scores

Château Pichon Comtesse Réserve de la Comtesse 2020
  • WE 94
  • JD 93
  • D 92
  • WA 91-93


Wine Enthusiast 94 Points April 1, 2023, Roger Voss

“Ripe black fruits and rich tannins are piled high in this wine. It shows finesse in the tannins and in the blackberry flavors. This second wine is likely to age well. Drink from 2026.”

Jeb Dunnuck 93 Points March 29, 2023, Jeb Dunnuck

“The second wine from this talented team, the 2020 Pichon Comtesse Reserve is worth seeking out. I always find this wine to offer loads of pleasure. Possessing the elegance and purity of the vintage (as well as this estate), it has a pretty perfume of red and blue fruits , some spring flowers and graphite on the nose, ultra-fine tannins, and an already accessible, delicious profile. It's perfect for drinking over the coming 10-12 years.”

Decanter 92 Points January 2023, Georgina Hindle

“Dark bramble berries with lots of perfumed aromas; purple flowers, iris and violets with blueberries and pomegranates as well as some earthy notes. Rich, and seductive, this has an immediate weight in the mouth - opulent with structure and thickness to the tannins even though they are fine, this has weight and density. Lots of liquorice and blackcurrant but well integrated. It’s smooth, with a soft juicy core, and slow expansion of the elements. Definitely concentrated, intense and powerful but poised and driven. Generous and friendly. 3.8pH. Ageing 12 months, 50% new, 50% one-year-old barrels.”

The Wine Advocate 91-93 Points May 20, 2021, Lisa Perrotti-Brown

“Composed of 47% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot, the 2020 Reserve de la Comtesse is redolent of cassis, redcurrant jelly and raspberry coulis, plus suggestions of chocolate box, lilacs and stewed tea, with a waft of unsmoked cigars. The medium-bodied palate delivers mouth-coating, juicy black fruits with a soft texture and seamless freshness, finishing long with a spicy kick. This is a very different style from the grand vin, possessing a more playful, upfront and effortlessly delicious character that truly draws you in!”


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 Château. From the same soil, the second growth benefits from the technology and reputation of the great wine. The archives kept at Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande mention the existence of a second wine as early as the 19th century.

The vast majority of the vineyards are Gunzian gravel mounds of the classic Pauillac composition, with the deep bed of gravel placed over a substrata of clay and limestone. The commitment to sustainable farming practices extends throughout the 220 acres of vineyards, with over 27 acres fully converted to organic viticulture, and 37 acres farmed biodynamically.

Tasting Notes

The nose, like sweet pastries, has notes of raspberry and pink rose. The palate, sensual and light, is at the same time rich, full-bodied and very lively. Aromas of raspberry, frangipane and white flowers are again present.

Harvest Notes

Another very mild winter favoured an early bud break starting on March 20th. April and May were hot but also very wet with rainfall superior to the last thirty years' average. Despite the rainy spells that preceded it, flowering was early and fairly rapid, from May 16th to 26th. After a cool and fairly rainy June, the drought and heat set in for good until mid-August. Careful leaf thinning limited the exposure of the bunches to the sun's heat. The veraison began early, on July 24th, and lasted until August 8th. The rains that followed were enough to preserve the maturity process after the period of hydric stress. The harvest began on September 9th in dry and healthy conditions. Some rainfall accompanied us until the end of the harvest on September 29th, without affecting the superb quality of the grapes.

Technical Information

Varietals: 47% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot

Wine Alcohol: 14%

pH: 3.8

Soil Composition: Gravel, clay and sand

Average Vine Age: 35 years

New Oak: 40%

Aging: 12 months