Pichon Lalande's second wine, the 2011 Reserve de la Comtesse offers juicy, cherry, red and black currant notes as well as a medium-bodied, elegant, finesse style. It is already drinking well and should continue to evolve nicely for another decade.
|Score: 87||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (212), April 2014|
The 2011 Reserve de la Comtesse is higher in alcohol, tipping the scales at 13.2%, which is attributable to the higher Merlot component (49%) blended with 43% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by attractive, straightforward notes of mocha, roasted herbs, white chocolate and berry fruit. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.
|Score: 86/88||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (200), April 2012|
A wine with a seamless tannin structure of ripe tannins. Very fine and polished. Lovely subtle fruit. Well done for second wine of Pichon Lalande.
|Score: 90/91||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2012|
This is the second wine of Chateau Pichon Lalande. 49% Merlot (most of which used to go into the grand vin), 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot. In 2011 there is as much Reserve de la Comtesse as there is Pichon Lalande, and a final 20% of the estate's production will be sold off in bulk. This is soft, smooth and easy-drinking. Polished and creamy with rounded tannins and a nice touch of subtle oak. A very attractive second wine that should give much early-drinking pleasure.
|Score: 15+||Farr Vintners, March 2012|
The nose is sweet fruited with ripe blackcurrant but the palate has the freshness of bilberry. Layers of fruit give complexity the tannins give structure but they feel ripe helping the fleshiness that is apparent on the back palate.
|Score: 88/91||Derek Smedley MW, April 2012|
Sixty per cent of the crop at Pichon Lalande went into the second wine and the selection policy has worked to good effect, as this is a pretty serious red. Fleshy and opulent, with smoky black fruits, a hint of chocolate and refreshing, slightly grassy Cabernet notes and dense tannins. 8+ years
|Score: 93||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2012|
Wild violets nose, lovely length and balance. A supple classy wine. Drink 2015-2022.
|Score: 16+||Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 2012|