2019 Pichon Comtesse Reserve, Pauillac: £336 IB per dozenMonday, June 22
Released this morning at just £336 per dozen bottles in bond, the renamed 2019 Pichon Comtesse Reserve is the second wine of Pauillac super-star Pichon Lalande. With the grand vin achieving a potentially perfect score from Neal Martin (one of only two wines to do so), the reputation of Pichon 'Reserve' is growing too.
There are many striking things about visiting this Château, but one of them is the proximity of Latour...it is easier to walk from one to the other than to drive. Pichon Lalande has been pushing at First Growth quality for some years. With Martin comparing the 2019 grand vin to the 1982 and the current vintage down by 25% in volume, we are working hard to secure stock to offer.
In the meantime, at just £28 per bottle in bond, the 'Reserve' is superb value, offering a taste of the brilliant work technical director Nicholas Glumineau has been doing here. Lisa Perotti-Brown MW even describes the palate as "a bit weightier than the grand vin", although this will be drinking much earlier.
2019 Pichon Comtesse Reserve (2nd wine Pichon Lalande)
“The 2019 Réserve de la Comtesse is conspicuously deep in colour. The bouquet takes time to unfurl with exceedingly pure blackberry, raspberry and cassis aromas, the oak seamlessly integrated. The palate is very well balanced with fresh acidity, fine grain tannins, a touch of salinity developing towards the finish that has more grip than previous vintages. Superb. 92-94 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com
“Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2019 Reserve de la Comtesse hits the ground running with aromas of warm black and red plums, stewed cherries and mulberries wafting out of the glass plus hints of spice cake, violets, bouquet garni and Ceylon tea. The medium to full-bodied palate appears a bit weightier than the grand vin, with more open-knit, richer fruit at this youthful stage, delivering a plush texture and plenty of freshness, finishing with lingering notes of plum preserves. 92-94 points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, RobertParker.com